The local electric company sends out a newsletter every so often that compares you to your neighbors as far as usage. It gives your usage, your efficient neighbors usage and the average neighbors usage. Ours always came in as we used MORE than the average neighbor. That is until now. This time I used 40% less than the efficient neighbor.
The thing is Wade always left the tv on. If he was home the tv was on and that includes all night long. In the winter he also ran an electric heater and sometimes even the electric fireplace in the man cave. November 2017 is when his job was eliminated and he was home all day every day which meant the tv was on 24/7. He also insisted on keeping the thermostat at 72 degrees. This letter suggests 68 which is where I've had it set. It's a big chilly at times but then I just grab a blanket or put on a sweater and I'm fine.
This chart compares 2017 to 2018. It says that I've used 9% more electrictiy in 2018 than I did in 2017. The light blue, which is kind of hard to see is 2017 and the dark blue is 2018. Every month is higher until July. July was my first full month alone. I imagine when it compares 2018 to 2019 those first 6 months are going to be a huge drop.