Well, I'm back.
It looks like I failed jury duty, out of the 37 in the pool
they only needed 12 so the rest of us were dismissed.
This was my first experience with jury selection.
I will say it was quite interesting and the final
selection was something of a surprise to me
considering the type of civil case and circumstances.
I'm still eligible to be called since it's a six month period.
One of the ladies is now serving on her second trial
with the last one only two months ago!
On to business . . .
Our Energy Usage was down in 2012
but only by 1% as compared to our
spectacular decrease from 2010 to 2011 of 21%.
I understand it will be considerably more difficult
to keep up a good rate but we can do better.
One observation is that we did not burn as much wood
for heat during the winter. The winter wasn't as cold as
it was last seaon. We didn't have the
consistent colder temperatures that allowed us to
keep the wood burner going last season.
We also didn't want to burn too much wood as
we didn't have as much on hand.
Now what more can we do to get that percentage up?
**Unplug items we don't use.
Why do I keep guest room clocks plugged in unless we have a guest.
**Turn off more lights .
I'm bad about keeping lights on, especially when I'm home alone at night.
**Watch the summer A/C - this was our high point
The daily average was between $10 - 12.86.
The low was Oct -Nov at $3.78 to $3.87
July and August saw extended temperatures over 100 degrees F.
We have a geo thermal system so unless we installed solar,
we can't get much better and solar is way out of our price range.
We don't use a dishwasher at all and hang clothes to dry
when the weather allows.
Any other ideas?
You can read our 2011 post at this link.