Home Energy Efficiency (1993 vs 2009): Homes Are More Efficient, Gadgets/Electronics More Prevalent.

Home Energy Consumption chart from the EIAI think this home energy consumption chart shows what we call a hug-punch or a tickle-slap – homes are more efficient through weatherization [the hug] but we’re eating up those savings with our appliances, gadgets and electronics [the punch]. According to an article on Greentech, homes built between 2000-2009 were 30% larger than previous years and yet home energy consumption has stayed pretty much flat. We must be buying a shitload of appliances, gadgets and electronics because Energy Star can’t save us.

Even as we move towards efficient home appliances, we seem to be over complicating it. We posted a story about WiFi controlled LED lighting system that allowed homeowners to remotely control their lights via a remote, iDevice app and required a separate router. It’s the hardware stupid! Since most of us have mastered the on/off switch – use it and skip the energy consuming gadgets in order to truly save electricity. [Greentech Media]

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The MeterPlug Tracks How Much Electricity You Consume By Appliance.

The MeterPlug app screenshot.The MeterPlug is an energy tracking adapter that sits in between an electrical outlet and your appliances. Once connected, the MeterPlug lets you monitor your appliance’s power consumption data in real time and gives you the ability to turn off appliances that are not in use via the MeterPlug app. Using the app, the makers of the MeterPlug determined that a 50″ Sony LED TV consumed a nutty $18.25 worth of electricity in standby mode.

The MeterPlug is currently on fundraising site Indiegogo. [GigaOM]

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Home Energy Hogs: Clothes Dryers In The US And Tea Kettles In The UK. Tea Kettles?

The 4%'rs:  Tea Kettle vs Clothes DryerIt seems people in the UK love their tea the way we love our dry clothes. According to an article in the Guardian Sustainable Business Blog, the Brits are loving their tea so much that it’s accounting for 4% of UK household carbon emissions. The 4% is familiar because it matches how much electricity is consumed by clothes dryers in a US household.

How can a tea kettle use so much power? It seems tea drinkers in the UK like their tea hot and due to distractions, have to re-boil the water in their tea kettle 2.4 times per cup of tea. The solution offered by the article was clothesline-simple – whistles on tea kettles.

Easy fix and our only job left is to find a less-dorky Jubbling equivalent website in the UK that will push tea kettle whistles the way we push clotheslines. [Guardian SBB via Grist]

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When The Power Goes Out, Briefcase-Sized Sugoi Battery From Japan Can Keep The Fridge Going.

Sugoi Battery Portable Power BackupWho wouldn’t want a Sugoi Battery? The 5.5 lbs Sugoi Battery is a 75,000 mAh portable backup lithium battery ($467) that can keep your refrigerator going for up to 7.8 hours (smaller Japanese fridge?). Sugoi Battery is also working on an adapter so you can use it to charge up to 16 mobile devices at one time. In addition to the lithium battery version, Sugoi Battery has a more affordable ($121) old-school lead acid version that holds 12,900mAh of power.

The Sugoi Battery has 5 power outputs (including 2 USB) and can be recharged via standard power outlet, solar or through your car’s lighter port. Not sure if the Sugoi Battery is available in the US but if works to its translated specs, it would definitely have a market in homes where using a diesel/gas generator is not an option… and even in homes where a generator is an option. [RocketNews24]

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Find Ways To Avoid Using Your Clothes Dryer.

Energy Stars vs WannabeGreentech posted the article “Clothes Dryers May Use 35% More Energy Than Advertised” that highlighted the fact that clothes dryers have not received an Energy Star rating yet and may consume even more power than posted on the appliance. Current dryer tests use dampened napkin-size polyester-cotton blended cloths, not heavy cottons, to measure how efficiently a tested clothes dryer removes moisture. In addition, the tests do not capture data as to when each individual dryer automatically shuts-off based on detected fabric moisture levels which is another measure of how one clothes dryer would consume more/less power than another model.

Testing aside, clothes dryer’s account for 4% of the total residential energy use in the United States and Jubbling thinks the best way to reduce that percentage is to avoid their use. Here are some tips on how to avoid using the clothes dryer during the fall/winter seasons:

  1. Santa shorts hanging on a clothesline.Do Your Laundry Based On The Weather Forecast: Just because it’s getting colder doesn’t mean you can’t use your outdoor clothesline. Wait for an above freezing sunny day to do your laundry and let the dry cool air do the work of your dryer.

  2. Hang Clothes Inside: Most home thermostats are set between 65 – 72 degrees which is warm enough to dry your clothes indoors. Hang them over your washer/dryer, bathroom or anywhere you have a rod installed. Looks redneck but so what. Note: avoid hanging your clothes near your kitchen or they’ll end up smelling like last night’s dinner.

  3. Mr. Mom Flannel ShirtWear Your Clothes Multiple Times Between Washings: It’s colder out and you don’t sweat as much. Take this as a challenge and see how many days you can wear the same outfit – especially if you’re married and you no longer impress your spouse.

  4. Wear Less Heavy Cottons Clothing Or Just Wear Them As Outerwear: Heavy cottons are a pain in the ass to dry. But if you like to wear heavy cottons, don’t let them touch your skin and wear them repeatedly between washing/drying (refer back to reason #3 about not impressing your spouse for extra motivation).

Clip-n-Drip clothes dryerI’d recommend using the clothes dryer for socks and underwear to lessen the amount of time you have to spend and to keep space open for larger items. Or you could go with a clip-n-drip solution that’ll hold multiple small items for air drying. [Greentech]

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“My Ideal Fridge” Cartoon Meets Jubbling’s Ideal Fridge.

Ideal FridgeSaw this cartoon on Gizmodo and it got the creative juices going. Ok, maybe creative is too strong of a word.

Here’s our Jubbling version:

Jubbling's Ideal Fridge

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