My numbers (to start)

**1. Gasoline:** 1 gallon; or about 2.4% of the average American.

Calculations: Using google maps and a business card to compare the legend to the distance I travel, to work by train… about 7-8km/day (5 miles) round trip. I worked a lot in December, let’s say an average of 4 days a week. So (4 days x4 weeks x 5 miles) 80 miles travelled, at 100mpg = 4/5 of a gallon! I’ll add another 1/5 of a gallon for the rides I took (It’s a five minute trip: once to my parents and back, to their house would be divided by 5 since I met them at their church Christmas eve. From would be divided by 2 since I brought my SO home too. It’s the best guesstimate. I’ll keep a better record in January).

**2. Electricity: **304.5 kWh or 33.8% of the American average.

Calculations: 609 kWh for two households = 304.5 kWh for ours. The bill says something about green electricity, so I’m going to assume I get 180kWh/month as per riot rules… (Iono. Will look into what Enmax considers “green electricity”). Needs more reduction!

**3. Heating (Natural Gas): **64.1 therms or 64.1% of the American average. (This is one category I should probably get off my butt and figure out in Canadian average. heh)

Calculations: 128.1 therms for two households. 64.1 therms for our household. 100/year … it’ll be easier to hit in the summer than in the winter (-40 cold snap, anyone?). I’m gonna do some crazy math: According to the graph on our bill, last year next to no gas was used in July, August and September, so I’ll put 5 therms into those months (15 therms) and take the remaining 85 for the other 9 months (9.4/month). Needs reduction!

**4. Garbage:** ??

Calculations: Need a scale to weigh a couple bags. Also need to figure out exactly how long it takes us to fill a bag (I’m guessing about 10 days). Need to compost more, I know that.

**5. Water:** ??

Calculations: Crap, we have a flat rate. Water meter reads X today. Okay, after wandering around the house, I’ve determined that we don’t /have/ a water meter. Will need to figure out how much water the washing machine uses, and how much my showers, various tap running and toilet flushing uses and do it the old fashioned way. Crap.

**6. Consumer goods:** $151.31 or 18.2% of the average American.

Calculations: In December I spent 39.67 on gifts (and I know some of that was second hand, but I can’t remember how much!), 108.14 on entertainment (plus a ticket to a religious gathering that I’m not counting and a library card – also not counted?), and 3.50 on various toiletries/household cleaners/etc. for a total of 151.31 consumer spending.

**7. Food:** Should be 70/25/5. Is more like 15/25/60.

Calculations: Um, guesstimate based on what I have in my pantry. Need to buy local and organic produce, more than anything else, to swing the numbers. Might not see much (or any) improvement until June (when the Farmer’s Markets open up).

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