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  •  You are correct, thanks. (none)
    It is 'kilowatt hours', not raw kW, that is consumed.  I know better but was typing too quickly and didn't edit sufficiently.  

    I have seen estimates that an average family uses about 1,000 kWH per month, and have verified this with my own family of 4.  I stand behind the rest of the post.

    Demand Energy Independence by 2020!

    by Doolittle Sothere on Mon Jul 11, 2005 at 11:35:31 AM PDT

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    •  A number of conservation experts ... (4.00)
      ...argue that the U.S. has done only half or a third as much as it could do in terms of lowering electricity usage. Some of this can be done with better home weatherization, appliance standards and building codes. Thus, we could "generate" what Amory and Hunter Lovins call "negawatts," the cheapest kind of electricity there is, the kind you don't have to make at all. So, if, thanks to conservation measures my iron only used 800 watts of power instead of 1100w, and your family only consumed 875 kWh instead of 1000, we wouldn't need as many wind turbines or natural gas plants or whatever.

      Of course, that approach works for an industrialized country well-established on the grid. It's useless for a village in the Congo or Indonesia that doesn't yet have electricity. A wind turbine or two and/or some PVs would work best for them, obviating the need for stringing expensive power lines.

      "The President wanted to go into Iraq in the worst possible way. And he did." -- Nancy Pelosi

      by Meteor Blades on Mon Jul 11, 2005 at 11:47:06 AM PDT

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      •  Right On! (none)
        We spend so much time discussing the various downsides on the production side that we forget the simplest element in the solution to our problem, which is to address consumption.  Thanks!

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