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Posted by Jim on October 1, 2007, 11:37 pm

    I have a family of six, and we use about 2000kwh/mo. I am very frugal
with our usage, and the home is well-shaded in a wooded setting, with a
finished basement for A/C friendly living. The interior is about 2200 sq/ft,
not including the garages, which are unheated etc.


Posted by jan siepelstad on October 2, 2007, 8:49 pm
I'm always surprised about the energy use of the USA-households.

I live in the Netherlands, where the average yearly household consumption is
about 3500 kWh.

And yes we also have light's, (multiple) computers, (multiple) TV-screens
(including flat screen's), stereo's, dishwashers, washing machines, clothes
dryers, freezers, etc.

Ofcourse we don't use Electric (resistance) Heaters. (in my opinion it's
And I must be honest, our climate is such, that most people don't use
air-conditioners, but still there's a big difference....

Any ideas about the causes?


Posted by dogbreath on October 2, 2007, 9:36 pm
 On Tue, 02 Oct 2007 22:49:48 +0200, jan siepelstad wrote:

I'd say that here in Oklahoma the difference is "air conditioning". During
the Spring and Fall periods our electric use is minimal. During the Winter
months, the only thing extra is the blower motor for the (gas) heater. The
compressor for an AC unit is a power hungry beast.
(and mine is a fairly new and energy efficient unit)

Posted by Vaughn Simon on October 2, 2007, 9:42 pm

   And here in S. Florida, that is even more true.  That said, we find ways to

Posted by me on October 2, 2007, 10:31 pm
What ways have you found for S. Florida?

Just curious..maybe I can learn something

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