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iPad: $1.50 per year
If you fully drain and charge your iPad every other day it will use about 12 kWh of electricity per year. Source: Electric Power Research Institute
Mobile phone: 25 cents per year
Your iPhone battery holds a charge of 1,440 mAh, or about 5.45 watt hours. If you fully drain and recharge your phone everyday, then over a year you would have to feed it about 2,000 watt hours, or 2 kWh. At an average price of 12 cents per kWh that means that your phone uses about one quarter's worth of electricity per year. Now you'll never feel bad about charging your phone in random outlets again.
Source: Electric Power Research Institute, Apple
Laptop Computer: $8 per year
Your average laptop computer uses about 72 kWh, costing some $8 a year. That's right, you can run your phone, iPad and laptop for a whole year for about $10 -- less than the cost of three gallons of gasoline. Source: Electric Power Research Institute
Desktop Computer: $36 per year
The average desktop computer, including display, uses about 300 kWh of electricity a year, or $36, assuming 12 cents per kWh. Add in your wireless modem and router and that's another 90 kWh per year, or about $10. Source: NRDC
Big Screen Plasma TV: $45 per year
The average big screen plasma TV will use about 360 kWh of power a year if it's on for an average 5 hours per day. LCD-based TVs are much more efficient, and will set you back just $20 per year. Source: EPRI, CNET
Xbox: $40 per year
Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation have gotten more energy efficient with each new console. When being used they draw an average 100 watts. Based on average usage habits, your game console will eat about $40 of electricity a year. Source: Hittinger, Mullins and Azevedo (2012)
VCR: $5 per year
Even if you still have a VCR, it's probably just sitting there on standby drawing 5 watts of electricity. That adds up to about $5.25 a year. Source: Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
60 Watt Lightbulb: $26 per year
Incandescent lightbulbs should really be called heat bulbs, as they give off 90% of their energy as heat, not light. Using a standard 60 watt bulb for 10 hours a day will suck up 220 kWh per year.
LED lightbulb: $4.40 per year
LED lightbulbs could be the easiest way for you to save electricity -- they'll give you the same amount of light as a 60 watt incandescent bulb while drawing just 10 watts. Use one for 10 hours a day and your annual power consumption will be 37 kWh, costing just $4.40. That's an 80% savings over old incandescents.
Microwave Oven: 4 cents for 15 minutes on high
According to Michael Bluejay, aka Mr. Electricity, cooking in your microwave on high for 15 minutes uses .36 kWh costing about 4 cents. This is significantly cheaper than cooking for an hour in an electric oven. If set to 350 degrees for an hour it will use about 2 kWh of electricity, or 24 cents --the same amount of juice as would be consumed by twenty 100 watt lightbulbs. Source: Mr. Electricity (www.michaelbluejay.com)
Refrigerator: $42 per year
Refrigerators today use 75% less electricity than in 1980. That means a reduction from 1,400 kWh per year to just 350 kWh. At 12 cents per kWh, that's a drop from $168 per year to just $42. If your fridge was built before 2001 it's well worth trading it in for a new one. Source: Mr. Electricity (www.michaelbluejay.com)
Clothes Washing & Drying: $300 per year
Getting the dirt out of your togs uses as much as $100 worth of power a year with newer front-loading machines. An old top-loading clothes washer uses twice as much juice. It costs about 50 cents per load to dry your clothes, or about $200 a year for most families.Source: Mr. Electricity, Energystar.gov
Water Heater: $600 per year
Heating water accounts for 18% of the average home's energy bill, or about $600 a year. The best way to save on water heating is to simply wash your clothes in cold water -- something that can save $150 a year in the average home. Source: EPA, Mr. Electricity
Heating and Cooling: $1000s
Easily the biggest electricity cost in most homes. Nationwide they account for more than 40% of household energy use, on average. In hot climates like Texas, air conditioning can account for 70% of summertime energy bills. Running a 2.5 ton a/c unit continuously for an hour will use the equivalent electricity of 35 incandescent 100 watt lightbulbs.
Automobile: $2,200 in fuel per year
Assuming that you drive 15,000 miles a year and get a respectable 25 miles per gallon you'll be buying 600 gallons of gasoline. At an average $3.60 per gallon nationwide, that will cost you nearly $2,200 a year. That's about 15 cents per mile, or enough energy expense to power 270 laptop computers.
Tesla: $450 per year
It takes about 85 kWh of electricity to fill up a Model S Tesla with a 300-mile-range battery. This amounts to about $10 worth of electricity, for an average cost per mile of about 3 cents. If you're driving 15,000 miles a year in your Tesla your fuel bill will come to about $450. That's a hefty $1,750 savings over gasoline, but then again, the Tesla does cost around $75,000, and most of that fuel savings will be wiped away when you have to shell out $12,000 to replace your battery after five years or so.Share This Post
December 10, 2013
Lawsuit alleges companies sold "defective" front-load machines
Many consumers find that front-loading washing machines have a lot of advantages over their top-loading cousins. Though they are more costly, front-loaders have been touted for their energy efficiency, low water usage and their sleek good looks. But some owners of these newer machines may be getting more than they bargained for.
Apparently, due to their design, older front-loading machines can be great breeding places for mold and mildew (a problem that we noticed too), making your clothes smell like dirty dishrags. It is a problem that some companies have known about for some time, yet they continued to sell these machines. According to Today.com:
In fact, there are many complaints of mold in popular front-loaders built until the late 2000s, from Whirlpool, Kenmore, Bosch and LG. Angry customers are now venting about the issue in YouTube videos. "You end up with a funky smell that you can't get rid of," a woman says in one of them.
Consumers are suing the companies, calling it fraud. Jonathan Selbin is the lawyer suing Whirlpool over its popular Duet models sold from 2001 to 2008, many of them still in homes today. He said the issue affects "millions" of people. [..]
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By ADAM LIPTAK
Published: December 10, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday in a knotty environmental case over how to hold states responsible for air pollution that drifts across their borders and causes harm in downwind states.
If there was consensus among the justices, it concerned only the complexity and difficulty of the issues before them.
“This is a tough problem,” Justice Stephen G. Breyer said. A few minutes later, Justice Elena Kagan offered a similar assessment. “This is a hard problem,” she said.
Still, the questioning suggested that there may well be five votes to sustain the Environmental Protection Agency regulations at issue. “It’s certainly hard,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said of the task of allocating responsibility, “but it is what the statute says, and it seems to me that if E.P.A. had taken a different view, it would have been contrary to the statute.”
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Supreme Court justices seemed inclined Tuesday to resurrect Environmental Protection Agency rules targeting air pollution that drifts across state borders, one of the Obama administration’s major environmental targets.
The government for years has struggled to implement a directive under the federal Clean Air Act to protect downwind states from pollution generated in other states, mostly from coal-fired power plants.
The latest effort to address the “good neighbor” provisions was due to go into effect in January 2012. But a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, acting on a challenge brought by 14 of the upwind states and a coalition of industry interests, rejected the plan and said the EPA had exceeded its authority.
The government appealed and appeared to get a better reception from the eight justices who participated in Tuesday’s oral arguments. (Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. recused himself from the case.)
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WASHINGTON — Local, state and federal governments must make tough decisions to help blunt the effects of climate change, Houston Mayor Annise Parker said Tuesday.
For instance, Parker acknowledged that physical barriers may be necessary to insulate the refining facilities in low-lying southeast Texas from storm surge and flooding that may become more common as the planet warms. But while fielding questions following a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, Parker acknowledged the tradeoffs.
“That water has to go someplace and will impact communities,” Parker said.
“What’s critical is not getting lost in the rhetoric or the sound bites, but actually having real science to start from and then make the hard decisions,” Parker said.
Parker’s comments came during a one-day swing through the nation’s capital that began with the first meeting of the White House’s new Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. President Barack Obama launched the 26-member panel in November to guide the federal government in strengthening infrastructure and preparing communities to deal with the impacts of climate change.
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By Max Pringle
Original source: http://www.capradio.org/14451
California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration today released a draft of its action plan on preparations for the impacts of climate change over the next century. The plan addresses the effects of extreme weather, rising sea levels and other issues.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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By Jim Snyder and Jim Efstathiou Jr.
John Podesta’s return to the White House places an opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline within President Barack Obama’s inner circle as the administration weighs whether to approve the project.
The Democratic veteran, who previously served as President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, will advise on a range of issues “with a particular focus on issues of energy and climate change,” according to White House spokesman Jay Carney.
Podesta, 64, established the Center for American Progress in 2003. The group’s advocacy arm last week co-sponsored a conference in Washington where pipeline opponents argued that it would violate a climate-change standard that Obama set in June.
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By Morgan Lee3:51 p.m.Dec. 10, 2013
San Diego is being asked to conserve power because of cold weather -- in Colorado and Texas.
San Diego Gas & Electric said its calls for conservation were linked to cold weather conditions across multiple states, constraining how much natural gas is available over long-distance gas transmission lines. The utility serving San Diego and southern Orange County derives 88 percent of its natural gas supply from outside the state.
"We're kind of the end of the line on our transmission system," SDG&E spokeswoman Amber Albrecht explained. "What we've done, in order to not have a bigger issue, is to have this elective call to please conserve."
Americans are growing accustomed to hearing that the country is awash in natural gas, unleashed by revolutionary new underground exploration techniques. But large transmission lines can only move gas at about 20 mph, and much of Southern California's supply originates in Colorado and Texas.
"It is the movement of that gas and how slow it is -- that’s where we see the challenges," Albrecht said.
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By Morgan Lee 8:53 a.m.Dec. 9, 2013
Retired electrical engineer Chong Kim of Fountain Valley is reviving a bid to generate electricity from the force of the waves off the coast at San Onofre, filing a preliminary permit with Washington officials and hanging out a shingle for willing investors.
An earlier permit application for the offshore power plant, filed in 2010, was abandoned because of insufficient funding for environmental studies that can run into the millions of dollars.
Contacted Thursday, Kim said the retirement in June of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station opens up transmission lines that could some day connect his energy brainchild to the Southern California grid.
Kim's quest hinges on the San Onofre site's endless supply of high-velocity waves, along with a proprietary generator design that he preferred not to describe in detail. There have been no simulations or trials to date. To fund engineering research, Kim is holding out hope of finding relevant federal or state grant offerings.
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By Dan McSwain5 p.m.Dec. 10, 2013
The announcement that a woman will run one of the world’s largest industrial companies should be routine by now.
Yet Tuesday’s news that Mary Barra will become chief executive officer of General Motors was a very big deal. Another big deal was Debra Reed’s ascension in 2011 to CEO of Sempra Energy, the thriving energy giant that counts San Diego Gas & Electric Co. among its utilities.
So it goes with milestones of cultural change, which simultaneously measure both progress and shortcoming.
Women held just 16.9 percent of the board seats at Fortune 500 companies this year, a figure that’s been flat for eight consecutive years, according to a study released Tuesday by Catalyst Inc., which promotes gender equality in the workplace. And women held just 4.2 percent of the CEO jobs.
The glass ceiling is thick and resilient at America’s largest companies.
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By Jim Miller
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 - 12:00 am
Starting Jan. 1, any improvement or alteration to a single-family home more than 20 years old will trigger a 2009 state law mandating the installation of water-saving toilets, shower heads and faucets.
Local government building officials, contractors and would-be home remodelers only recently started becoming aware of the rule. The exact impact is uncertain, with jurisdictions likely to interpret the replacement requirement differently. Some officials predict a run on building permits before year’s end.
“We go down to the Capitol and ask them not to legislate our building code. And this is exactly why we do it,” said Gene Paolini, Roseville’s chief building official. “The way it reads is not real clear.”
Water agencies were the main supporters of the 2009 law. Officials said the upcoming rule will, at relatively low cost, make a huge dent in the state’s urban water consumption and help the state meet a goal to reduce water use by 20 percent by 2020.
“This is part of a larger effort to double-down on water conservation,” said Dave Bolland of the Association of California Water Agencies. People will save money in the long run as water becomes more expensive in California, he said.
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By STANLEY REED
Published: December 10, 2013
The European Parliament on Tuesday approved a rescue plan for the European Union’s system for trading carbon-emission credits. The lawmakers hope to revive prices for carbon credits, which have been so low that the system is creating few incentives for smokestack industries to cut back on their emissions of greenhouse gases.
Although many experts see the plan as little more than a stopgap action, “today was extremely important to get the first emergency measures started,” said Marcus Ferdinand, an analyst at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon, a market research firm in Oslo. “This shows the European Union cares about its emissions trading scheme.”Share This Post
Toshiba and others seek to increase Japan’s capacity for renewables.
December 9, 2013
Japan is emerging as a hot spot for energy storage projects, as utilities and technology companies look to battery-based solutions in response to the surge in solar PV installations.
Two new battery storage projects have been announced in the past week, with Toshiba to install a 20-megawatt-hour/40-megawatt lithium-ion battery project in Tohoku, and the island of Okinawa announcing a 2-megawatt battery storage project on Tuesday.
Japan is expected to be the largest market for solar PV installations in 2013, with around 9 gigawatts to be installed following the introduction of feed-in tariffs last year in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.Share This Post
Posted: 12/10/2013 3:24 pm
Associate Director, Sierra Club International Climate Program
It's official: International financial institutions (IFIs) don't see any place for coal in a 21st-clean energy economy. Earlier this year, two of the world's largest IFIs, the World Bank and the European Investment Bank (EIB), announced their first historic restrictions on coal financing. Since then, the momentum has picked up speed. Like dominoes falling in line, governments from around the world -- from the U.S. to Norway -- have followed suit. The latest development is the U.K. government's announcement that it too will end support for overseas coal plant construction. Not to be left out, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) officially joined the movement today by moving beyond coal.
Even if you haven't heard of the EBRD, you're probably aware that coal plants don't build themselves. They need support from banks like the EBRD. The bank's announcement to move beyond coal is important not just because it's the latest clear example of progress, but because the countries where the bank operates are hooked on dirty coal. The EBRD is the biggest public lender in in former Soviet Bloc countries that are heavily reliant on the dirty fossil fuel. Big coal companies are proposing larger and dirtier coal projects in many of those countries all too often -- and it will take clean energy leadership from an institution like the EBRD to stop them. The problem is EBRD hasn't been providing it until now.
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on December 06, 2013 at 6:00 AM, updated December 06, 2013 at 6:09 AM
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The old story that Ohio could be the Saudi Arabia of gas is beginning to look like more than just a pipe dream.
The latest available drilling and production data shows that only a fraction of the horizontal wells drilling into Ohio shale are producing.
Most of the wells are waiting for the completion of new pipelines and new processing facilities.
In the last two years, companies building these facilities and "gathering lines" have pumped as much as $12 billion into Ohio, said Peter MacKenzie, vice president of operations for the Ohio Oil & Gas Association.
MacKenzie was one of three experts to address some of the more than 1,500 people who attended the association's annual exposition at the IX Center. The expo also drew 212 exhibitors.
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