general comment - so far, there is a marked contrast between the results of this poll as posted here, and the one I set up a year ago in the forum for "The Energy Detective" (a device that helps track home energy usage). In that forum, here are the results as of this writing:http://forum.theenergydetective.com/index.php/topic,3265.0.html
Question: How many kWh per day does your home use when you are away traveling?
below 0.5 kWh per day - 0 (0%)
0.5 kWh to 1 kWh per day - 1 (6.3%)
1 kWh to 2 kWh per day - 1 (6.3%)
2 kWh to 3 kWh per day - 1 (6.3%)
3 kWh to 4 kWh per day - 2 (12.5%)
4 kWh to 6 kWh per day - 0 (0%)
above 6 kWh per day - 11 (68.8%)
Total Voters: 16
In this fieldlines forum, here are the results as of this writing:
How much electricity (in kWh) per day does your home use when you are away traveling (on average throughout the year)?
Less than 0.5 kWh 0 (0%)
0.5 kWh to 1 kWh 2 (20%)
1 kWh to 3 kWh 5 (50%)
3 kWh to 5 kWh 1 (10%)
5+ kWh 2 (20%)
As to conclusions or musings, I suppose at first look, it appears that the off-gridders and other fieldlines participants are more focused on saving energy, but with some important exceptions such as for those who take a "use it or lose it" approach.
From my own point of view (I am presently the one vote in the 3 to 5 category) I am not off-grid, but in any event have found it challenging to keep my usage low. In the past I think I have been in the 1 to 3 category. I guess for those of us trying to keep it low, there are various measures to take or try.