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How Much Electricity Do You Use?

Yeah, you pay your electric bill every month, so you know how much you spend. But do you know what that money is powering? Would you have guessed that your electric kettle is one of your most power-hungry appliances? Or that your television is one of the least? Knowing where the electricity in your house or apartment is being burned will help you quickly fix the problem areas—saving you money every month and reducing your carbon-footprint. The following is from Energy: Use Less–Save More by Jon Clift and Amanda Cuthbert. The amount of electricity consumed varies hugely according to which appliance and model you use. Check out the list below to see which are the hungriest appliances. All figures given here are approximate – see your actual appliance for accurate figures.
Appliance Average watts used per hour
Low-energy light bulb 11
Extractor fan 75
Laptop computer 75
Conventional light bulb 100
Stereo 100
Television 100
Video recorder 110
Refrigerator 125
Desktop computer 150
Freezer 300
Hair dryer 750
Microwave 750
Vacuum cleaner 800
Toaster 1,000
Iron 1,000
Dishwasher 1,000
Small portable heater 1,000
Washing machine 1,200
Stovetop (1 burner) 1,300
Oil-filled heater 2,000
Fan heater 2,000
Large portable heater 2,000
Deep fryer 2,000
Oven 2,150
Electric kettle 2,250
Demand water heater 3,000
Electric shower unit 8,000
Stove (everything on) 11,500
To test the actual electricity usage of your specific appliances, I suggest getting the Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor. What do you unplug to save on electricity?

The 5 Rules of Lean Thinking

Are you ready to co-create the future? These 5 Rules of Lean Thinking are a useful tool as we set out to collectively invent a post-market future.Surviving the Future is a story drawn from the fertile ground of the late David Fleming’s extraordinary Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. That […] Read More

Imagination, Purpose & Flexibility: Creating an Independent Farmstead – Q&A (part 1)

Twenty years ago, the land that authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased and have come to name the Sow’s Ear was deemed “not suitable for agriculture” by the state of Ohio. Today, their family raises and grows 90% of their own food.Such self-sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive pasture […] Read More

Using Permaculture Principles to Design Resilient Cities

The Permaculture City begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience; we’re not just gardening plants but people, neighborhoods, and even cultures.Author Toby Hemenway (Gaia’s Garden) lays out how permaculture design can help towndwellers solve the challenges of meeting our needs […] Read More

Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today.Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could be […] Read More

Save Energy & Money This Winter: Seal Up Your Drafty House

Unless you’ve taken special preventative precautions, it’s likely that on cold days much of your house’s heat pours out through your (closed) windows. Most houses—especially old houses—have drafty, uninsulated windows that do little to prevent heat from dumping out into the cold night. Even if your windows aren’t drafty, the expensive heat your furnace has […] Read More
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