ELECTRICITY: The average American uses 900kwh per household per month. Being an all electric house, we often use more than that. While I can try to justify our usage with the fact that we don’t have natural gas, etc, we still use a LOT of electricity. More in the winter than the rest of the year. I read my meter weekly and report here how much we use and how it compares to the rest of society. The calculator I use is here.
Some of the other categories come from here: http://www.riot4austerity.org/blog/7-categories/
This week’s reading: 84420
Next week, I will have an actual usage.
IDC: Independence Day Challenge. Becoming independent in our lives. Here are another seven categories. http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/28/independence-days-challenge-year-two/ Some are easier to do in the summer than the winter, but each section can still be looked at.
Reduce waste/manage preserves
Build community food system
Eat the food (Try new recipes)
We will be starting over with this as well. Although I suppose I could mention the harvested eggs we get daily.
GARBAGE: The reason I have this is I got really bad about recycling. I got out of the habit. Having this here will help hold me responsible and get back into it.
GASOLINE: Living rural, we go through a lot of gasoline. This helps us keep track and reminds us to combine trips into town.
MONEY: It comes and goes. In emotional or life crisis situations, it gets spent way too easily. This helps me keep track of anything above and beyond monthly bills. I pick up a soda at a convenience store, it gets written down. I pick up something to help with a recipe, it gets written down. Groceries, feed, etc all get written down.
HOMESTEAD: This is the up to date happenings of the homestead. Here is where I share what is happening with the animals. Something goes to slaughter, an egg is hatched, a kid born, an animal sick, a goat pregnant, a garden doing well, a garden decimated, etc. It all goes here.
HOMESCHOOL: This is self-explanatory. I share the success and failures of our home schooling journey. Struggles in math, success in writing, homeschool group activities, all get shared here .
- Lose four pounds by Tuesday weigh-in.
- Get the yard cleaned up.
- Get cookies made for work.
- Cut my coffee consumption in half.