My electrical consumption at my cabin varies between 110-120 W/day. My electrical system primarily consists of lights, but I do charge up my laptop every few days and things like cameras, ipod and drill every once in a while. Right now, the sun is barely up above the horizon so I have to charge my batteries up by generator. If I am being conservative with my batteries, this necessitates a charge every 12 days
. My neighbors charge every day. By extrapolating my current usage over the rest of the dark period, my yearly electrical costs (with extra thrown in as a buffer) come to be $100.
I could likely decrease this with a more efficient generator, but I'm not going to drop $950 to save $20/yr.
Water consumption prior to putting in the well was about 2 gallons a day. One becomes quite conservative with water usage when you are the one that has to haul the water! Now that I installed a well, I'm less stringent. But still probably using only about 3-4 gal/day.
I'd like to measure wood consumption. I have not taken any steps in this regard yet.
Having to provide for my own power really opened my eyes to how much energy is wasted throughout the world, but especially in America. I am consuming an amount of power that is minute to the average homeowner, which in turn is minute to that of the power consumed by cities. It is still too abstract to firmly grasp how much is used (at least for me), but this increased understanding leads to irritating and more depressing thoughts.