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Project Get Off the Grid: Phase III

Evolve’s Sleek, Low-Flow Shower-heads
In Phase III of Project Get Off the Grid (for those who haven’t been reading previous posts on Project Get Off the Grid, click here to catch up), I haven’t made many changes. Differing variables in the 2008 and 2009 periods of Phase II, namely a ten-day trip to Mexico in 2008, [...]

Project Get Off the Grid: Phase II – Results

I just got my Duke Energy bill for the period of February 18 to March 19, so the results of Phase II of Project Get Off the Grid are officially in.
For those who haven’t read my old posts about Project Get Off the Grid, here’s a quick summary. During each Duke Energy billing period, I’ll be [...]

Project Get Off the Grid: Phase II

As those who have read previous posts about Project Get Off the Grid already know, I’ve been attempting to make small changes that will reduce my energy use around the house, then analyze the impact of the particular changes by comparing my current Duke Energy bills with those from the year before. During Phase I [...]

Project Get Off the Grid: Phase I – Results

The results are in. I got my Duke Energy bill two days ago and I can now see how Phase I of Project Get Off the Grid has affected my energy use and, consequently, my monthly energy bill.
Here’s a quick summary of the plan for those who haven’t read earlier posts about Project Get Off [...]

Project Get Off the Grid: Phase I – Update II

A challenge no more
It has quickly become apparent that the hardest part about turning stuff off is simply getting yourself in the habit of doing so. During the first few days of this little experiment, I found myself struggling to remember to switch off lights as I left rooms or to unplug my laptop before [...]

Project Get Off the Grid: Phase I

It’s really not that hard
My first resolution during this transition to a greener life is, simply enough, to use less energy. Our truly massive energy needs (in 2005, humans apparently consumed 500,000,000,000,000,000,000 J of energy), and the way we go about creating and using that energy, have been a significant cause of environmental damage and [...]

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