Household Electricity Usage Survey

By Deane Barker on July 21, 2009

I’d like to ask for your help.  I’m doing a quick, unscientific survey about electricity usage.  If you’re willing, I’d be interested to know how many kilowatt-hours of electricity your home uses in a given month.  This information should be on your bill from the electric company.

If you could, send me:

  1. The number of kWh off your electric bill.
  2. The time period this was for.
  3. The city and state (or just state, if you prefer) that you live in.
  4. (totally optional) The rough size of your home, in bedrooms or square feet, or whatever.

You can send this information to:

For my part, here goes:

The Barker household used 1,605 kWh hours from June 15 to July 15.  We live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Our home is four-ish bedrooms, about 2,800 sq. ft.

This seems high to me, sadly.  I checked with a friend who lives in the same town and who is super energy conscious, and she has her house (of roughly the same size) down to about 950 kWh.  I feel badly.

So, if anyone else is willing to pass on their numbers, I’ll do a post on the results later (totally anonymous – aggregate data only).

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  1. It is also very important to take into account the number of people living in the house. Also if water heaters, ovens and stoves are Gas or Electric.

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