Wow pdf27 and Ehouse, that is AWESOME. Thank you! Your assumptions seem to be about right too - I got my dad an Efergy meter in the UK a few years ago, and his house averages ~25kWh/day, with peaks normally under 3kW. When both of my sisters are on the island with their young kids all bets are off though - I've seen the meter logging over 7kW at Christmas with the microwave, washing machine, electric heaters, 2 fridges & a freezer going all at once plus who knows what else. I have no idea about the consumption of the other houses or the average load on the generator, but I can try to find out more this weekend when I'm up there. $7000 for those empty fridges/freezers?!? OMG I had no idea - I'm not mechanical, and I always had been told that although they were adding a little bit of load, it wouldn't add up to much more fuel because the generator was already running all of the time anyway. Time to get some meters for sure! Or the alternative I suppose - just unplug them. Although I may not be the most popular person on the island for doing that - guess I'll need some solid numbers first. Behaviour is a major issue to deal with - we use electricity on the island like we're connected to the grid, but it's even worse because no one wants to spend the money or have the hassle of upgrading their appliances and disposing of the old ones. Make do and mend is the mantra, but sometimes replacing something that's old (even if it works) is much better for many reasons. I guess the money spent on fuel isn't a problem for most of them, but it is for me. Plus the whole carbon footprint thing... Right, you have inspired me to get this sorted out. There is a better way. Time to do an energy inventory and start having some serious talks with people.