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My Shrinking Carbon Footprint

October 9th, 2009 at 10:29 am

I'm somewhat amazed but very pleased at our progress on the goal of reducing our http://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx by saving energy. Here is the analysis of our PGE bill (gas and electric) for the last three months compared to last year:

7/2008 $83.85
7/2009 $63.38
~25% less

8/2008 $99.57
8/2009 $61.91
~38% less

9/2008 $130.14
9/2009 $ 82.02
~37% less

I am home more, but apparently using less energy. Reducing our energy consumption has not resulted in deprivation of any kind. We manage to keep warm on "cold" days and have stayed cool in the heat. On warm summer nights we always open the bedroom window to let in the cool night air. We also changed all the light bulbs to energy saving CFLs. PGE offers a "Balanced Payment Plan" option that is now at $91 a month vs. $125 about a year ago. I don't use this option but it illustrates that we are making good overall progress. This could change... it seems colder this year than last year at the same time. So far, we have yet to turn on the heater but it is waiting with new, clean filters.

2 Responses to “My Shrinking Carbon Footprint”

  1. -Jerry- Says:

    We noticed that CFLs lead to a significant difference as well, and the windows idea is great (cooler in the summer) as long as there isn't a mosquito problem where you live! (I know... screens... they aren't readily available here, believe it or not.) Anything that provides an element of insurance to lower the bills and the carbon footprint works for me!

  2. fern Says:

    i found that hanging clothes outside in summer rather than using the dryer and getting an energy efficient dehumidifier for basement made a big difference too

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