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Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Tracking Gas & Electric Usage

I normally don't look forward to getting bills, but when I received notification that my statement from Duke Energy was available for viewing online, I was curious to get some feedback on what the energy usage was for my first full month living in the Starter Home 2.0 project. It also motivated me to start exploring some of the detailed energy use analysis tools that Duke has available on its website. The detailed bill comparison shown below is one such tool, and while it is skewed due to the previous month's bill only accounting for a couple weeks worth of time, it is interesting to see the breakdown of the gas and electric usage and to think about what I can do to help reduce my consumption. Programming the thermostat and slowly converting the incandescent lights installed throughout the home to CFLs are a couple action items currently at the top of my list.