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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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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If You Can Afford It, You Can Consume It: Britney Spears Electric Bill For One Month Was $5,629.43.

Britney Spears electric bill.Holy sheesh – $5,629.43 for one month of electricity! Her gas and water bills are nuts too and my guess is she’s rarely home. I’m not going to cast a lot of hate on Ms. Spears but seeing her monthly utility bill kind of kicks Jubbling’s consume less mantra in the middle. It’s starting to make the crazy geoengineering ideas sound more viable and necessary because obviously, some people are going to consume as much as they can for as long as they can afford it. [TMZ]

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Certifiably Un-Jubbling: David Blaine’s “Electrified: 1 Million Volts Always On” Stunt.

One million volts always on? That is a lot of wasted juice being used to power this effort by David Blaine. To Jubbling, standing and not eating or pooping for 72 hours is definitely the hit of this stunt; deflecting and wasting one million volts of electricity is just the unnecessary flair.

So DB, please bring back the street magic and levitation. Impressing people with a deck of cards and defying gravity was so Jubbling. [Opposing Views]


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Read About DogTV Today And Had To Self-Kick My Nuts.

DogTV - RIP Planet EarthIn October 2011, Jubbling posted the article “The Doggie Treadmill, Laser Chase Cat Toy, And Litter Robot Should Never Find A Place In Your Home” about some unnecessary products guilty pet owners could buy for their pets. Now Cnet is reporting about a new TV channel specifically for dogs. It’s called DogTV and the programming is geared for stay-at-home dogs and it features dogs fetching, swimming and doing other dog things. DogTV is supported by some animal experts but really? Do we really need to leave our power-gulping TV on all day so our dog won’t feel alone? I hope not and I hope DogTV ends up in the Jubbling “what the hell were we thinking” folder. [Cnet]

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The Wind Wants A Job: Promises If Harvested, It Will Cover The World’s Electrical Demand Times 20.

Airborne and land based wind turbines.Kate Marvel, Ken Caldeira and Ben Kravitz researched and reported that there are enough surface winds on the planet to supply 400 terawatts (TW) of power. And if we tapped into high-altitude winds with airborne wind turbines, we could produce approximately 1800 TW. Currently, the world consumes 18 TW.

Meeting our energy demands with wind turbines will affect surface temperature and precipitation but not substantially. The team estimated that by not clustering the wind turbines in one region, the climate changing effect of demand-meeting wind power generation can be minimized to around a 0.2 (F) and only affect precipitation by roughly 1%.

Jubbling’s take: generating renewable wind power at this scale seems like a more viable way to slow down the effects of climate change. Especially when it’s compared to other solutions like the geo-engineered crazy, Greenland-sized space mirror. Just sayin. [Science Daily via e360]

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