Sunday, July 17, 2016


This might make a great workshop

In 1975 because of the oil embargo there was a great interest In “simple” living.  I lived off the grid at that time, with no electricity.  Did have a car.  I taught a night continuing ed class at one of the local college.  In my naivete (and arrogance), I thought I knew what simple living was (not in anyway like the 3 billion people in the world that lived that way not by choice but by circumstance.

Having said the above, there was an exercise that was interesting.
The first class I suggested that for a couple of days whatever they touched, they would ask:
     What is it made of. 
      Where does it come from
     Do I need it.
     Can I make it myself.
      How much energy is in it.

How much electricity does an American home use?
In 2014, the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,932 kilowatthours (kWh), an average of 911 kWh per month. Louisiana had the highest annual consumption at 15,497 kWh per residential customer, and Hawaii had the lowest at 6,077 kWh per residential customer.

What if you were allocated 1/10th of average use – approximately 90 kWh a month; how would you use it?   That is 3 kWh a day.
How about three times that much 270 kWh a month; 9 kWh a day.

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Here are your tool choices:

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