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Monthly net electricity use in my household:

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0-249 kWh
  2138 votes / 21%
250-499 kWh
  1804 votes / 18%
500-999 kWh
  1785 votes / 18%
1000-1999 kWh
  1744 votes / 17%
2000-3999 kWh
  741 votes / 7%
4000-7999 kWh
  243 votes / 2%
8000 or more kWh
  588 votes / 5%
Mine's net negative.
  780 votes / 7%
9823 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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Monthly net electricity use in my household:

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  • Tesla (Score:5, Interesting)

    by rcotran (653676) on Monday November 18, 2013 @10:17PM (#45460039)
    I'm in the higher range because of my Tesla :)
    • Re:Tesla (Score:4, Interesting)

      by olden (772043) on Tuesday November 19, 2013 @06:46AM (#45461839)

      And that's your excuse? I drive electric too, some 25Mm (16kmiles) per year, but my family is in the "net negative" camp. Solar panels on 1/3 of my roof more than cover for all my driving, plus everything else in the house.
      With a 16k$ investment, I went from spending 3k$ per year on fuel and electricity, to zero.
      Destroying this planet a bit less feels great too; who knows, my kids might want to live there...

      • And the great thing is that olden here has offered to pay us all to move to somewhere with enough sun, AND given us secure jobs.

        • by mellon (7048)

          We're close to net zero in Vermont with a 4kw solar array. If you're in Portland or Seattle, I could see where you'd have trouble, but most parts of the U.S. can produce quite a bit of solar on a typical roof, at least if it faces the right direction.

          • by cayenne8 (626475)
            I'm actually surprised that so many folks even know what their electricity usage is.

            I personally have no more idea how much power I use than how much gas I burn, or how much gas is a gallon these days. Both are simply something I have to pay to have the lifestyle I want.

            I have levelized billing for power, and it is something like $210 or so maybe a month, I really don't know for sure, I pay the bill and forget it.

            I'll try to remember next time I pay, and see what it says my usage is, but with things like

            • by Bigbutt (65939)

              Yea, I won't know until I look at the bill. I'm looking at how much it costs so I can budget it in. I do know price wise my total bill for utilities (gas, electricity, water, sewer, and trash pickup) averages to around $150 a month. It is just me and the cat in the house so I'd expect it to be lower than most folks.

              There are two bills, one from the city and one from the electric company. The city one goes down in the winter and up in the summer, possibly due to water usage and the electrical one goes up in

      • by scsirob (246572)

        Well, you are posting on Slashdot which no doubt is hosted on a fair number of servers in a big power guzzling data center, for your viewing pleasure. Just because your meter isn't ticking does not mean there is no energy being spent on your behalf.

      • by Drethon (1445051)
        I'll just stick with spending $600 a year on electricity. Solar panels this far north don't generate very good and it would take a long time to repay a 16k investment.

        Glad it worked for you though.
      • by Laxori666 (748529)
        Does the toxicity of the solar panels themselves outweigh the environmental benefits of not getting your power via other means?
      • by tttonyyy (726776)

        I drive oil, but it's catalytically cracked veg oil.

        The heating process for dewatering and then distilling excess Methanol off afterwards takes a fair bit of energy (16kWh) but over the course of a year and making 2500 litres it adds up to less in electricity costs than running a home server 24/7 (50W).

        So I'm firmly in the 500-999kWh range.

      • Oh go choke on a dick. I run a huge heavy ass 16000BTU portable AC (need central air...) and it sometimes nets me a $515 electric bill. Would be $490 if I had 75% coal power instead of 100% wind/hydro/solar mix. I'll burn as much megawatts as I want.
    • by Z00L00K (682162)

      Tesla coils are awesome - and a great device to annoy the neighbors with!

      • by dkf (304284)

        Tesla coils are awesome - and a great device to annoy the neighbors with!

        It also keeps them off your lawn. Well, until they start building tank rushes.

  • 173 kWh (Score:4, Interesting)

    by john_uy (187459) on Monday November 18, 2013 @10:19PM (#45460053)

    I feel that eating up 5.73kWh a day is still high given that we are only at home probably a few hours a day. Though there is no air conditioning. Just fan. Old style CRT TV. No refrigerator but a water cooler is there. Lights. Laptop and other mobile devices. Water heater though is present.

    I guess all those small usage add up a lot.

    • by rastos1 (601318)

      /me looks up the data on my provider's web site.

      The average is less then 160 kWh/month during last 6 years with a slightly declining trend. Looking at the poll results ... why the heck should I support EU in producing one regulation after another aimed at saving energy, reducing green-house emissions, etc. ?

      • by fatphil (181876)
        Because it will hardly affect you at all? Those of us who have little choice but high consumption (northern latitudes + electic heating) will be the ones most affected.
  • I have no need to know this. All I know is the dollar amount I pay each month. It's not like I can shop around for my electricity.

    • by Kalium70 (3437049)
      Really? I have a choice of 278 different electric plans with over 40 different electric providers.
      • Really? I have a choice of 278 different electric plans with over 40 different electric providers.

        I've got approximately 277 fewer choices than that, and that's the way my utility likes it.

        • by Linzer (753270)

          Really? I have a choice of 278 different electric plans with over 40 different electric providers.

          I've got approximately 277 fewer choices than that, and that's the way my utility likes it.

          Too bad for you that you live in one of those socialist countries with no sense of how free markets work.

          • I have many choices, but I don't really see why anyone would have this need of having a choice between 300 different providers which are all trying to screw you over in order to maximize profits for their owners, rather than one provider which has a democractic mandate to benefit citizens rather than owners. The electric market is a natural monopoly, whoever owns the grid calls the shots. In my city, the local grid was sold off by "free market"-worshipping liberals like yourself years ago, the result is not

      • Really? I have a choice of 278 different electric plans with over 40 different electric providers.

        I think it's a fair guess that you're the exception rather than the rule, then.

    • by necro81 (917438)

      I have no need to know this

      Bollocks. That's like owning a car and not knowing what its gas mileage is. Even if you have no choice in who you buy your electricity from, you still ought to have even a vague awareness of this. Why? Because that is the reference point for everything else. It is also the denominator in figuring out what you pay for electricity on a per-kWh basis, which is what underpins every economic calculus on energy improvements.

      Imagine, for a moment, that the poll question was "Ho

    • I pretty much agree. I had my bill handy so I checked how many kWh out of curiosity, but what really can I do about it? We minimize usage as we can, but at $0.138160/kWh with no competitor, what am I really going to do about it? And sure as shit the price "must" be raised, according to said monopoly, every year no matter what. What am I really going to do about it? Like it or not, most of us are just cogs in the machine.

      Our home used 654 kWh in October in the upper Midwest. We ran the heat some but it's
  • I am using someone else's. ;)

    • So, your mom doesn't charge you for the electricity you use? ;)
      • by antdude (79039)

        Yeah, my queen ant doesn't. However, she does complain I hog too much because of my electronics like my two desktop PCs, central AC, etc. :P

  • Net of what? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by DCFusor (1763438) on Monday November 18, 2013 @10:54PM (#45460229) Homepage
    I use 5-15 kwh/day, produced by my solar panels. When it's sunny, I also charge my Volt. I'm completely off-grid as regards electricity. Did you mean "power company" power here?
  • I use about 10kWh per month. There are lots of things I could do to make things more efficient still like more efficient devices, better insulation etc.

    I have multiple computers that are always on, refrigerator, stove, oven, water heater, furnace, AC etc. I also spend a fair bit of each day at home (studying, working etc).

    Either I am insanely low or that poll is designed for people that leave their AC on full blast with the windows open in the summer.

    • Okay I found the bill really sucks to read. It showed the 10kWh under the total but later it also showed 290 kWh under the total which makes a lot more sense. Still seems like a very small amount.

  • I don't think I've ever broken 500 kWh in a month in my entire life and have been under 200 kWh/mth, for over 10 years.

    • by mosb1000 (710161)

      Electric heat, appliances, water heater, things like that. 600kWh a month is only 1kW average. That's not a lot in the grand scheme of things. That's the figure they use for a house when they say something will power x houses as though it were a unit of measurement. The more you know. . .

    • I don't think I've ever broken 500 kWh in a month in my entire life and have been under 200 kWh/mth, for over 10 years.

      It's probably less like what gadgets they're running -- although that does matter -- and more like how big a place they're conditioning, and just how much of that is done with electricity. I use an average of 1000 kWh per month*. This would be much higher if I heated my water and air with electricity, but those are done with gas here. Same if I lived somewhere I had to use AC year round. Of course EMMD -- everyone's mileage my differ.

      Maybe my deep freeze counts as a gadget: that's 250W, or 250W*(24hr/day)*(

      • You don't run it 24 hours a day...unless you forget to close it.
        • You don't run it 24 hours a day...unless you forget to close it.

          I run it 24 hours a day, in that I don't unplug it. It cycles its cooling system on and off to maintain the set temperature, yes. And it does consume 250W, or if you prefer 0.25kWh/hr. ~6kWh/day. ~180 kWh/month. Over 2100kWh/year. Instantaneously measured, as I suspect you were thinking, it can consume much more or much less than that 250W, but we were talking about net electricity usage per month in this poll, so I went with the energy use I measured in 2 separate 2-week periods with a Kill-a-Watt meter

    • by AdamHaun (43173)

      Where do you live? I regularly break 1500 kWh/month in the Houston summer when my air conditioner is running nonstop. Weak insulation in my southwest-facing second floor apartment probably doesn't help.

  • Mine's net negative thanks to my trusty tron box.

    Hang on a second, someone's at my door...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 19, 2013 @12:39AM (#45460709)

    Or just the conventional wire shit?

  • No Clue (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Daniel_Staal (609844) <> on Tuesday November 19, 2013 @03:17AM (#45461251)

    I have no clue: The electric company doesn't even bother to read my meter. They just send me a bill for whatever they think I should owe.

    (And no: I’m not joking...)

  • Surprising results (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Cyrano de Maniac (60961) on Tuesday November 19, 2013 @03:44AM (#45461327)

    I looked back at my past year's worth of bills and saw that I used a total of 3648 kW-h. I'm not sure if that's good or bad, though each month my power company sends me a notice that states I'm using about 15-25% less energy than my energy efficient neighbors. I live alone in a house that's bigger than I need but not ludicrously so, and I don't tend to leave computers running. As 30-year old appliances fail I've been replacing them with more efficient models, and as they burn out I'm replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFLs (but dang, some of those daily-use incandescents are over 12 years old at this point, I'm beginning to think they'll never fail).

    The big surprise for me, however, was my bill from last January; my electric energy use easily outstripped even my summertime air conditioning use, and was a fair bit higher than the months immediately before and after. The bill kindly informed me that the average temperature that month was 9 degrees colder than the year before, but I couldn't see that making such a huge difference. Could it be the air circulating fan in the furnace that I let run on low most hours of the day? Maybe, but why the anomalous month? I considered a incorrect meter reading, but realized that it's read remotely rather than by a guy walking around the neighborhood, and any mistake would have been offset the other direction the next month. Then I remembered.

    For occasional use by my houseguests I have one of those oil-filled radiator-styled space heaters in my guest bedroom. I recall that sometime in that December-January timeframe the heater was used, and I forgot to check that it was turned off after a houseguest left. It sat there maintaining a comfy temperature in the otherwise unused bedroom for approximately a month before I happened to enter the room and noticed.

    So now I know just what an energy pig that space heater is, and I'll be extra careful to check in on it after houseguests depart. Thanks Slashdot, you've probably saved me several tens of dollars over the next decade as I become more vigilant about the heater's use.

    • tens of dollars over the next decade? You're probably off by some orders of magnitude.
      Energy won't get any cheaper you know.

      • by geekoid (135745)

        Gas has don't nothing but get cheaper of the last 6 years. Electricity in real dollars is cheaper to day then 100 years ago. Solar is going down in price.

        What do you base your premise on?

    • by evilviper (135110)

      So now I know just what an energy pig that space heater is

      You should know that they're ALL like that. Space heaters in the US are usually 1500W, because that's the maximum a common NEMA-5/15 outlet can supply. And heating with electricity is 99% efficient, so they ALL consume the same amount of power. You can go for a lower-rated unit, 400W or so, but you'll only get a quarter as much heating from it. Still, it's a possible solution if your house guests are unreasonable, and will help if you continue t

  • I find the granularity of the poll very strange, because it starts of with such large amounts. The weighted average for a two person household is 2500 kWh/y including cooking with electricity. 2500 kWh/y is about 200 kWh/month + 100 kWh for the Christmas season. In our household, we consume 1049 kWh/y or 87.4 kWh/month. True we use gas for cooking and we do not own a TV. Instead we use tablets and laptops. But still wouldn't it have made more sense be more precise in the lower ranges? However, it might be t

    • by fatphil (181876)
      Here up north, where we've gone below zero already, in a building built in the 1700s, our heating will be 1500kWh in February.

      It's less than a tenth of that in summer, as it's basically all heating. We don't have or need air conditioning, as our summers are moderate (25+C peaks), and the metre-thick walls keep the flat beautifully call all summer round anyway.

      We live in a small place, I'm not surprised there are much higher usages than mine.
  • by evilviper (135110) on Tuesday November 19, 2013 @08:34AM (#45462179) Journal

    It's been a long time coming, but regular consumer LED bulbs are getting to be reasonably price-competitive, and are around 50% more efficient than CFLs. Today, you can find decent LED bulbs that are 30-40W equivalents shipped for just $3.50: [] - What's more, they are easily available in even smaller sizes/wattages than CFLs ever were, so you don't need to get stuck installing a 40W equivalent in a closet, small bathroom, etc, that doesn't need it. The instant-on in cold weather means they offer huge savings as replacements for incandescent bulbs in refrigerators, and outdoor fixtures, where the excess heat can even require double the electricity to remove afterwards.

    The sky's the limit for LEDs. While we get less-efficient emitters in bulbs due to price, flashlights are up to 2X better already, and LEDs in the lab are the most efficient form of electric lighting: [] - With lighting being the biggest demand of residential electrical usage, these technological improvements can make a big dent in demand, offsetting the increase due to population growth and new uses like electric vehicles.

    Other simple things like keeping your electric hot-water heater, space heater, furnace, or similar set at the lowest workable temperature, and allowing your refrigerator or home A/C to maintain the highest usable temperature, can save huge amounts of electricity as well.

    It continues to bother me that plumbers don't use the smallest diameter of pipe that will work with the incoming pressure, as every increase in size about doubles the volume of hot water you need to pump into them, to move it the same distance to the faucet. Insulating pipes only really helps in a busy house where the hot water very regularly flows, while smaller pipes are always an improvement.

    Not to mention smaller pipe is cheaper up-front, and any shortfall in pressure can be easily made-up for by low-flow fixtures. There are good aerators for sinks that only need 0.5GPM, and shower heads down to 1.25GPM that work quite well. This reduces your hot water consumption by 1/2 to 1/4, and makes setting your water heater to a lower temperatures workable, reducing the standby losses much further. These things can all dramatically reduce your electricity usage (or perhaps your natural gas, propane or fuel oil bills)

    And these are just the very easy and almost-free improvements available.

    • Savings from raising your refrigerator temperature will all be lost in your first hospital visit for food poisoning.
  • Hell if I know, I just pay the bill each month.
  • Wife (Score:5, Funny)

    by Kinthelt (96845) on Tuesday November 19, 2013 @11:36AM (#45463647) Homepage

    My wife doesn't know how to turn lights off. Guess which category I'm in?

  • My meter uses quaternions but there are no options for imaginary usage.

  • Weather turning warmer here in the south hemisphere, so there's more A/C. Should peak at some 200KWh at the height of summer.

    And I telecommute, so I'm at home most of the time, but usually only one room has the A/C turned on (it's not central, but very efficient inverter split units on each important room)

    Other costs are the refrigerator, lighting, TV gear, etc.

  • That's about 11 kilowatts, running 24/7. How the hell does anyone machine that on a residential connection? That screams one of two things to me:

    1%'er (*cough* Al Gore *cough*)
    Large-scale grow-op

  • It varies depending on whether there is enough natural lighting or whether artificial lights are used to grow the plants.
  • And you can watch my usage live! See me go broke in real-time! []

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