A teacher in Chicopee, Massachusetts challenged himself to cut as much electricity as possible from his new home.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, he exchanged incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescents, put switches and surge protectors on his electronic equipment to reduce the "phantom load" - the trickle consumption even when electronic equipment is off - and bought energy-efficient appliances.
The changes cut his energy bill by two-thirds. Wow!
And the energy cut earned him an audit by the local electric company.
The company thought he'd tampered with his meter. "They couldn't believe I was using so little," he says.