Going Green With Appliances: Like Taking 100M Cars Off The Road

August 1st, 2010

We have seen the trends, car shoppers are increasingly considering puchases fuel in the car, and thinking about the energy we spend getting around, some just for the economy, others for greener grounds.

But it is sometimes easy to forget that vehicles are not the only energy source we have pigs in our daily lives.

It’s been a long time coming but finally agreed to the appliance industry, privately, to much higher standards for energy use for household appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators and air conditioners room. In some cases, the energy efficiency of advance to 50 percent.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, dryers and accounts for about 17 percent of household energy. Refrigerators are the single highest energy users in most households, with an average annual energy costs of almost $ 90 and larger refrigerators cost as much as $ 15 per month to continue the expensive energy markets. By comparison, dryers use about $ 80 per year in energy and standalone freezers cost about $ 65 per year, while dishwashers consume approximately $ 45 per year (but save water and water-heating energy).

But the figure is magnificent in the treatment of carbon dioxide emissions from these devices, and how it relates to driving. If adopted, the unit agreement cut 550 million tonnes of CO2 over 25 years. That is the equivalent (using the federal amount of about 5.2 tons of CO2 annually, per U.S. vehicle) to get 100 million cars off the road for one full year.

According to the EPA, in its Green Vehicle Guide, a 2010 Toyota Prius emits about 2.97 tons of CO2 per year, while a 2010 Toyota Tundra pickup 5.7-liter sends approximately 10.53 tons per year. The EPA also says that the average household a total of approximately 7.3 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

It is worth running the numbers, in a fleeting sense, to see how an EV-up matches. The 2011 Nissan Leaf could use about 0.3 kWh of electricity per mile traveled in real-world use (Nissan citing a 100-mile range on a 24 kWh battery), so potentially about 3,600 kWh per year for the 12,000- miles-per-year residence or less than $ 350 per year. Although the CO2 equivalent differs by region (depending on fuel to generate electricity for your area, along with other factors), at the national level, there is an average of £ 1.329 per kWh of CO2 produced.

Back to what we drive, but hints that if more than a few of us were to switch to EVs in the long term, we can make a even bigger difference.

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