One Unplanned Consequence of Our Kitchen Renovation

Remember our kitchen renovation from last year? Well, I recently discovered an unplanned consequence of that renovation. I found it out after I signed up for an online account with our electric company and started looking at our billing history. Here’s a comparison of our energy usage in 2008 and 2007:

Bottom line: we’re using a lot more energy! Why? Because prior to our renovation, the kitchen was a separate room and most of the heat was contained in the kitchen. Now with that wall gone the heat is allowed into the famly room. Another important thing to point out is that we decided to recirculate the built-in microwave’s vent back into the room so the heat isn’t allowed to escape. We’ll most likely be changing this in the future.