My mom taught me the slightly neurotic behavior of going outside and watching the power meter spin. At first I thought she was nuts, but when I bought my own house, lo and behold, I found myself doing it in an effort to see how slowly I could get it to spin. My mom’s initial motivation wasn’t out of any great concern for the environment, but to see how cheap she could make her electric bill.
Summer is the only time of the year that I excitedly open my utility bills. Watching the utility bill bar graphs plummet as July and August round the corner brings great joy to my eyes and wallet. One great factor that has helped me beat the meter race has been line drying. It’s a bit more effort, but nothing beats freshly, and freely dried clothes.