We all know that it’s best to turn off the lights or TV when one leaves a room. But what does this energy use actually mean in terms of money saved, or sitcoms unwatched?
GE has designed a new visualisation that calculates energy use of home appliances in terms that are easily understood. The calculator tracks the energy consumption of 53 electrically-powered devices found in homes, from large appliances like a furnace, refrigerator and air conditioner; to electronics like a laptop, DVR and TV; to personal care items like a curling iron, hair dryer; to kitchen appliances like a blender, microwave and popcorn popper. The visualisation allows users to see the energy consumption for each appliance in terms of watts used and the equivalent cost in dollars. It also allows users to convert the energy to equivalent consumption in gallons of gasoline — a familiar unit of energy cost for US consumers — and“appliance specific”units like loads of laundry and batches of cupcakes.