Your a.m. routine isn't powered by caffeine alone



From the time you hit that snooze alarm in the morning, your meter is running. But just how much juice does it take to get you from "bed head" to beautiful? To calculate that, you first need to understand how electricity is measured.


When you buy gas, you're charged by the gallon. When you buy electricity, you're charged by the kilowatt-hour (kWh). So when you use 1000 watts for 1 hour, that's a kilowatt-hour. 


On any given workday morning, your clock radio sounds (.05 kWh). You turn on the lamp (.16 kWh) and stumble to the bathroom, where you turn on the lighted vanity mirror (.66 kWh). After a hot shower (water heater 13.3 kWh), you dry your hair (.33 kWh), put on make-up and turn on the TV (6 kWh) to watch the news while you iron your clothes (.22 kWh). Then you microwave a bowl of oatmeal (1.2 kWh) and fire up your computer to check e-mail (2.66 kWh). Finally, you grab your cell phone from the charger (.26 kWh) and race to the garage, where you use the garage door opener (.16 kWh) and depart, having already zapped a whopping 25 kWh in the first 90 minutes of your day.


AmerenUE charges 7.07 cents per kilowatt-hour, so your routine costs a little over 13 cents a day. Of course, inexpensive fossil fuel energy still comes at a cost. In the course of a year, that workday morning routine alone pulls 487.5 kWh of brown energy and releases 773 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Offsetting that energy use through Pure Power will have a similar environmental benefit to the CO2 reduction from not driving a car for nearly one month.


submitted by Pure Power



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