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Sustainability Strategies: Appliances

  • (Residential) Air-dry your hair. Blow dryers are some of the most energy-intensive appliances you are likely to use.
  • (Residential) Use handheld razors and toothbrushes instead of electric ones.
  • (Residential) Keep your refrigerator filled. It's actually more efficient, and wastes less energy on cooling dead air.
  • (Residential) Minimize the amount of time that the refrigerator door is open.
  • (Residential) Make sure to only heat as much hot water as you are going to use when cooking.
  • (Residential) Cool any cooked leftovers to room temperature before placing them in the fridge.
  • (Office & Residential) Connect your appliances and electronics to a power strip and turn them off when not in use. Flipped off power strips waste no phantom energy. 5% of domestic energy consumption comes from so-called "vampire power."
  • (Office & Residential) Turn off and unplug everything when you are gone for weekends and breaks.

How much you use in the bathroom

  • Hair-dryer: 1875 Watts
  • Hair straightener: 35-75 Watts
  • Curling Iron: 100 Watts
  • Electric razor: 50 Watts
  • Electric toothbrush: 7 Watts

How much you use in the kitchen

  • Electric Oven: 1500-2400 watts
  • Electric Stove: 1000-1500 watts
  • Coffee-maker: 900-1200 watts
  • Toaster: 800-1400 watts
  • Microwave: 750-1100 watts
  • Blender: 600 watts

How much you use in the living room

  • Air Conditioning: 2000 watts
  • Standard (incandescent) light bulb: 60-100 watts
  • Compact fluorescent light bulb: 13-20 watts
  • Stereo: 20 watts
  • Cell phone charger: 1 watt
  • Laptop charger: 60 Watt
  • Phone: 5 watts
  • Printer: 100 watts
  • Fan: 50 watts
  • Iron: 1000-1800
  • TV: 40-150 Watt (3-5 when off but still plugged in)
  • Video game box: 10 Watt (1 when off)
  • DVD player: 20-25 Watt (2 to 7 when off)