A quick Google search tells me that the average American household uses 1,500 KWH for a home that averages 1,600-2,000 square feet.
And a very unscientific, half-assed measurement of my little Montana home tells me that it’s about 1,040 square feet. It’s got two bedrooms, two baths, kitchen, dining area, living room and a utility room (previously seen as my “Pantry” and laundry room – slash – back entry). My heat is propane, as is my hot water. But unfortunately, my cook stove is electric. I’m no fan of the electric cook stove, but I work with what I have.
I just paid my electric bill the other day. I’ll be honest – I’m one of those people that just doesn’t really look all that closely at the bills. The come in the mailbox, and on the 15th of the month I look at the total and pay it. No closer inspection warranted.
With my ever increasing, and probably unhealthy obsession with seeing how much of my life is possible without the use of electricity, I decided to pull out the bill I paid last week to see how much power I’m sucking up.
119 kwh for May. To be fair, back in the dark of winter, my December bill used 273 kwh.
Montana days in the summer are notoriously long. The sun starts to light the eastern sky about 4am, and there’s still an inkling of twilight left about 11pm. So our days are long. And they’re just as short in the winter. The sun clears the mountains a bit after 9am, and starts setting around 3:30’ish. As it stands, I use electric for my stove, my laptop, occasional lamps if I’m up late enough, and my washer/dryer. Upon closer inspection of this month’s electric bill – I see that my actual electric usage cost me $3.08. The rest is delivery charges one of ilk or another. The base charge alone is $24.87. Yikes!
So I’m curious – how much electricity to you use? Is 1,500 kwh really the norm for the average American household?