I've become mildly obsessed lately with saving electricity. We have a home that's approximately 2300 square feet, along with a shop with a home woodworking business. Our average monthly power bill has been about $45. A few weeks ago we learned our electricity rates were going to increase 13.2% starting this month.
So we've been trimming here and trimming there - putting up signs next to light switches advising each other to turn off the lights when not in use, etc.
Sure enough, our October bill reflected the price increase, along (frustratingly) with a $16.50 fee (up from $10) for a "Service Availability Charge" (in reality, we're paying for the electric company's new building). But - the electricity usage portion of our power bill was still $44.29. This meant we managed to trim 13.2% of our usage.
In the bill's accompanying newsletter, I learned an interesting thing. It said the average residential member uses 1000 kWh per month. We use 750 kWh (down from 780 kWh last year at this time).
So even though I'm grumping about the price increase, I guess we're not doing too badly.