If you're so smart about your power consumption on the trail, why aren't you trying to live more responsibly at home?
Surely you're a fan of LED light bars and other fun things like Goal Zero products, right? If so, then you're already on the right track. Those big LED light bars draw very little power making it a more attractive option for your rigs power bank. By efficiently managing your energy demand you can run winches, fridges and still leave room to power your devices. You're really smarter than you think - you know what your truck can handle; now you just need to think about the remaining 90% of your time spent at home!
Think about your home like its your precious adventure mobile. If you're like most people, you've probably got your power bill auto-debiting your checking account every month - that's your first mistake; you have no idea where you're dollar is going. Sure, you might catch on if you're bill spikes this month when we land our first big cold spell, but that's not the point.
The first step in being "energy aware" is understanding your demand. Just like you do with your truck, understand how you're consuming energy - "If I want to switch ON all my lights and run my stereo during camp setup, it'd be smart to leave the truck running. After all, I'm the only power source within miles."
Step 1. After you get your next power bill, open it, look at what you used (kilowatt hours; i.e. kWh) last year during the same month and immediately proceed to steps 2-5 until you get your next bill.
Step 2. Every time you leave a room, kill the lights - it's that simple.
Step 3. When you think about turning a light ON trying leaving the light OFF. For example, I'm sitting in the living room right now, this very second and the lights are ON while I type on a backlight keyboard and stare at a screen - yes, I just got up and killed the lights.
Step 4. Wash your clothes with cold water. Whether you're on gas or electric, hot water tanks are an energy hog. And tell your spouse, "if you want to kill bacteria, you're not gonna do it in washing machine - fill up the kettle and get the water boiling; that's our only option!"
Step 5. Enjoy your accessories just like you do in your truck and turn them OFF when you aren't using them. Come on people, laptops can only charge to 100% so unplug that puppy when its filled to the brim.
There you go, 5 simple steps for next month to save you more money for your next adventure. BTW - don't try and tell me you used more energy than you did last year cause I ain't buying it.