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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 Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […] Read More..

Permaculture Q&A: Mulching Options for Your Garden

As Permaculture Month continues, we are making our expert authors available to answer your burning permaculture questions. If you have a question to submit, fill out this form. This week, Lottie from Florida asked if there are other garden mulch options that are as effective as hay. Josh Trought, one of our soil building and garden management […] Read More..

Designing Your Own Solar Cooker & Dehydrator

In today’s world, nearly everything we use, from phones and computers to cars and kitchen appliances, requires energy derived from fossil fuels. Wouldn’t it be nice to offset some of that energy use by harnessing the renewable power of the sun? Josh Trought, founder of D Acres—an educational center in New Hampshire that researches, applies, […] Read More..

Building a Sustainable Community: The D Acres Model

If you were going to create a community-based homestead or farm from scratch, where would you start? What building materials would you use? What crops would you grow and what animals would you raise? How would you develop an organizational structure and connect with your community? And, how would you make sure all of this […] Read More..

A Man Apart: Remembering Bill Coperthwaite’s Radical Life

A Man Apart is the story—part family memoir and part biography—of Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow’s longtime friendship with Bill Coperthwaite (A Handmade Life), whose unusual, and even radical, life and fierce ideals helped them examine and understand their own. Framed by Coperthwaite’s sudden death and brought alive through the month-long adventure of building with […] Read More..