Energy efficiency is all the rage these days, and with good reason! Not only can being energy-conscious save you money, but it also helps save the planet by reducing fossil fuel usage. But have you ever really thought about how much energy is used by normal household items every day? You’d be surprised!
For instance, since you’re reading this on your computer, did you know the average PC draws about 120 watts while awake? That’s the same as a flat screen TV. And those are some of the lowest appliance wattages. Your refrigerator is around 725 watts, while your basic toaster will run from 800-1,400 watts. The washing machine is only 400-500 watts, however the dryer adds another 2,00 – 5,000! Even some of the smaller and more basic appliances use a lot of energy. Like the coffeemaker you used this morning… that’s 900-1,200 watts. A hair dryer? That’s another 1,200-1,800 watts.
Home comfort products are also incredibly inefficient when it comes to energy usage. A basic space heater is 1,500 watts, while a portable or window air conditioner can use from 1,000 to 1,500 watts.
Keeping all of that in mind, how does 45 or 110 watts sound? Believe it or not, that’s how much power is pulled by Luma Comfort’s line of residential air coolers.
The EC45S Tower Evaporative Cooler only pulls 45 watts of electricity, making it the equivalent to a standard household light bulb. Even the more powerful EC110S only pulls 110 watts – on high – which is on par with an electric blanket. These two units are designed to cool 100-250 square feet, and use a fraction of the energy needed by a similar size air conditioner.
Even the most powerful evaporative cooler developed by Luma Comfort only pulls less than 1/5 the amount of energy of the standard coffee maker. And what do those 220 watts get you? About 650 square feet of cooling, along with 80% less energy than an AC.
At this point, it should be pretty easy to see the value in using an evaporative cooler or swamp cooler in your home or office. Provided you have the proper climate for it (i.e., low humidity, high temperature), one of these units could save you an incredible amount of energy. Best of all, that will end up saving you an incredible amount of money as well.
*All data courtesy of Us Department of Energy