I recently moved into a new home with 2 other housemates (joining 1 who already lived there) and our combined bill for electricity is far higher than I expected. Now we're using just over 40 kWh per day, on average. When I used to live alone, my consumption was only around 3 kWh per day all year round! We have natural gas for space-heating here, just like my last place.
I'm trying to figure out how I can conserve some energy and reduce my electric bill. Here's what I've already tried:
- Walked around with a Kill-a-Watt and tested most of our devices plugged into the wall. All of them were using pretty small amounts of power, and besides most of them are turned off during the day when we're away.
- Already switched all lighting fixtures (that I can find) to LED.
- Installed smart lighting to automatically turn off lights when we leave the home.
- Tried to install a Sense home energy monitor, but the electrician told me it was impossible with the way our electric panel is installed.
One challenge is that my access to parts of the home is restricted because the basement is rented out separately from the rest of the house.
What other tools or techniques can I use at home to identify what is responsible for all this energy consumption?