Today I couldn't help but smirk when Rick was listening to the Broncos vs Jaguars game because there was this silly Xcel commercial about how much money this guy was saving on his energy bill by decreasing the temperature on his hot water tank and washing clothes in cold water. We have paid $0.00 for electricity, gas, and water in the last year. The earthship has been functioning beautifully and it has been over a year since we had to fill the propane tank which is still at over 50%. We have had plenty of electricity with no outages and have even been running the hot tub totally off the solar electric.
There are so many little things people can do to lower their domestic energy consumption. Tankless hot water heaters, power strips to turn off phantom loads, LED or compact florescent lights, and on and on and on.