Ack! I knew I would be close, but I just didn't squeak over the line. I'd been working on the BC Hydro Team Powersmart challenge to reduce my usage by 10% over the last year. My year ended on August 31st, and even with a 47.3% reduction in power usage in August, I came in at 9%. I do have to say, though, that my bills haven't gone down any. Usage went down, rates went up. I really do think Murphy's Law might be in effect here.
However, 9% over the course of a year, and one where we did spend a fair amount of time at home, isn't anything to sneeze over. We can continue to do this, and each time we go a little lower, it's definately something to be proud of. Hopefully it will save us money as well as save energy this time around.