The Energy Story of My House

Overview

The energy that I pay for1, is divided as follows:

Source Amount / year BTU / year Cost / MBTU Cost / year2
Wood stove 3 2 cords 50 MBTU $5.07 $253.40
Propane4 334 gallons 31.1 MBTU $27.63 $858.38
Electric5 1880 kWh 6.4 MBTU $44.89 $287.33
Totals 87.5 MBTU $15.99 $1399.11

Electricity Usage

Wattage
Appliance Brand Off On Work Notes
Fridge Servel RGE 400 LP6 0.0 0.0 336 Normally run on propane
Range DCS7 ? ? ? Glow Plug, Propane
Microwave Magic Chef MCD770RW 0.0 1100 - High
Toaster Oven Black & Decker 5500 0.0 1175 -
Food Processor Cuisanart mini prep 0.0 81 lo 107 hi
Blender GSI Vortex 0.0 0.0 0.0 hand cranked
Sink Lights Halogen 0.0 64 - halogen puck lights
Kitchen Light Commercial Electric 19 0.0 22 - CFL 1200 lumens
Inkjet Printer Lexmark Z23 2 2 6 -
Living Room Lumiere Commercial Electric 42 0.0 44 - CFL 2600 lumens

Footnotes:

  1. The energy I don't pay for is mostly solar.
  2. Costs are as of August 02006.
  3. Primary heat source in the house. I acquire wood both from local wood sellers and from harvesting from my land. All expenses (including tools) are included here.
  4. Propane is used in the kitchen range, refrigerator, and tankless hot water heater.
  5. Electricity runs mostly lights and electronics. The only big motors are the washing machine and the well pump.
  6. Fridge runs on either propane or electricity.
  7. Range is gas, electricity is used for the glow plug in the oven.