Utilities

On our utility pages we will report useful information about our search for alternative sources of energy and water supply. But we will also “dive” into waste water; what to do with it when you’re not connected to the sewage? We thought it would be a useful start of our journey to gain some insight in our current consumption pattern. For 2016 we are closely monitoring our electricity, water and gas consumption – you can read all about this below.

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Our Current Situation

We are currently living in a rental house in a new suburb of a large city in the Netherlands. Even though the house was only built in 2009, we can really notice that they didn’t invest in a sustainable and comfortable house. Of course we live very comfortably compared to many other people but for such a new house we expected a higher building standard.

For instance, our living room is located on the first floor, directly above the (outside) parking. This makes it very difficult to heat our living room in the winter as a lot of cold air is coming from the floor. As a result we have a very high gas consumption in winter. Another example, we have a perfect south-facing roof but the owner didn’t invest in solar panels.

House

Our current house is a three-story semi-detached one-family home built in 2009. Natural ventilation and HR++ double glazing.

Power

We are connected to the grid and we buy electricity from renewable resources. Unfortunately our rental house doesn’t have any solar panels.

Cooking

We cook on natural gas, the oven is electrical.

Water

We are connected to the waterworks.

Heating

We use natural gas for heating and cooking. Heating (and warm water) is taken care of by a Ferroli HR boiler.

Sewage

We are connected to sewage. Our toilets are flushed with drinking water.

Our Consumption in 2016

Our house is equipped with a so-called “smart meter” for both gas and electricity. This means that the meter can be read from anywhere. We gave our energy company permission to read our meters on a daily basis which makes it quite easy for us to track our consumption.

Our water meter is not “smart” so we need to read it manually on a daily basis in order to get some insight in our water consumption. We only started doing this in October 2016 so the water data is far from complete.

Electricity

Water

Gas

Please note: theseĀ are our actual consumption data for 2016. We are a two-person household and as from May 2016 Astrid works full-time from her home-office.

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