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]


Just Added Kopi Luwak (Civet Turd Coffee) To My Unbucket List.

Don't Drink Kopi Luwak!!!The first guy to brew and drink Kopi Luwak coffee deserves a Jubbling patch – the people drinking it today deserve a nut-shot. Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee, is made from post-digested coffee berry beans that are dug out of Asian palm civet crap. A pound of this shitted coffee sells for $230. The popularity of Kopi Luwak coffee has skyrocketed thanks in part to a mention of the drink in the 2007 film “The Bucket List.” Unfortunately, the Asian palm civet hasn’t benefited from the boom. The Guardian posted an article on how the crazy interest in Kopi Luwak has led to force-fed farming conditions for the Asian palm civet that can only be compared to the gluttony scene in the film Se7en.

Sorry Kopi Luwak, you are now on my unbucket list. Mr. Kopi Luwak (?) was a Jubbling award winner when he dug some beans out of a Asian civet dookie, roasted it and then plugged his nose and drank the first sip of the drink that now bears his name. Jubbling can’t help but feel that choosing to drink it today would make you feel like how Kopi Luwak is delivered. [Guardian]


Ttsongsul (Feces Wine): Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Gone Wrong.

Ttsongsul "Feces Wine"From RocketNews24:

“Ttsongsul, or ‘feces wine,’ is a Korean drink made by pouring soju, a distilled grain alcohol, into a pit filled with chicken, dog, or human feces, and leaving the mixture in the pit for three to four months until it ferments. It is then extracted from the pit and drank straight with the belief that it can cure illness and help in the aid of bone fractures.”

Ttsongsul (feces wine): latest addition to the Jubbling un-bucket list. [RocketNews24]


Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout Is Beer Made With Roasted Bull’s Balls. Jubbling?

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout BeerIn the crowded crafted beer market, why not differentiate your product by including roasted bull balls in the recipe? That might’ve been the thinking and inspiration behind Wynkoop Brewing Company’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout beer. Here’s a description of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout from Wynkoop Brewing Company’s website:

“Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is an assertive foreign-style stout, slightly viscous, with a deep brown color. It has equally deep flavors of chocolate syrup, Kahlua, and espresso, along with a palpable level of alcohol and a savory umami-like note. It finishes dry and roasted with a fast-fading hop bite.

Finally, saying “your beer tastes like balls” will be expected and warmly received by the brewer. Not sure about the Jubbling in this example but I guess by incorporating bull balls into their beer, WBC is reducing the number of bull balls that might get discarded. Maybe it’s a public service too – reducing the number of bull balls that people get dared to eat. [Laughing Squid]

Here is WBC’s April Fools video about the Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout:


LG Releasing New Door-In-Door™ Energy Saving Refrigerator

LG Door-In-Door French-door RefrigeratorA couple years ago, we visited some friends who had an interesting easy-access door refrigerator from the late 1980’s. The door was about 24″ square and opened like an oven allowing them to grab just the items they used most without having to open the entire refrigerator. I thought it was genius and a great way to save energy but it looks like this idea has been stepped up a notch with LG’s latest Door-In-Door™ model.

LG’s new Door-in-Door™ French-door refrigerator includes a separate compartment that is magnetically sealed and accessed by pressing a button on the handle. The LG Door-in-Door™ refrigerator is not the only model now on the market with this feature – the Kenmore Elite 7206 was released in February 2012 but it was also likely built by LG. Here’s a video on how the LG Door-In-Door refrigerator works:

LG Door-In-Door Refrigerator CompartmentIndustrial design website, Core77.com, isn’t sold on the Door-In-Door™ idea and asked readers to vote on whether they think the LG fridge is truly an energy saver or just a lot of hot marketing gas.

Jubbling’s take: we think including the Door-In-Door™ sealed compartment with the LG refrigerator will help reduce the amount of power it needs to operate. Accessing items you use often in the D-I-D section means the fridge only has to re-cool that smaller space. But our only wish is that the access door was smaller; like the old-school refrigerator at our friend’s house. It was a much simpler solution that just worked.

LG GR-P257STS Refrigerator with One Touch HomebarIronically, LG did sell a model with a feature they called the “One Touch Homebar” that had an easy-access door on the front of the refrigerator. Not sure why they discontinued this model and went all fancy with the Door-In-Door™ feature but hopefully it was because the new version uses less electricity and the move had nothing to do with aesthetics. [Core77]


Built-in Espresso Machine Is Available In New FIAT 500L. Part Of The “Unnecessary And Wasteful” Options Package.

Earth RIPThe built-in espresso machine in new FIAT 500L may not be the tipping point for the end of the planet but it sure seems like another example of dum, wasteful consumption. [Treehugger]