What Is A Kilowatt-Hour Anyway?
We talk about energy a lot, but sometimes it is hard to know just how much power we're really talking about. A good way for our brains to handle the scope is to parse megawatts and kilowatts into something more easily digested, like everyday human activities. For example, here is what 1 kilowatt-hour can allow you to do: 1200 electric shaves (> 3 years), slice 100 breads, dry your hair 15 times, 4 TV evenings, listen to 15 CDs, Use a small refrigerator for 24 hours, 20 microwave meals, drill 250 holes, 4 evenings of light with 60 W incandescent lamps or 20 evening of light with 11 W compact fluorescent light (note the higher efficiency of CFLs). Also, keep in mind that for each kWh produced with fossil fuel,
16 pounds about 1.5 pound of CO2 ( 7.25 0.68 kilograms, Shea Gunther corrected his math, which we were basing this on) are released in the atmosphere and that the average American uses around 600-800 kWhs of energy every month. Thanks to ::Sustainable Energy Blog, via ::Shea Gunther's Blog, ::Efficiency Works Forever