Consumption

20% of US homes use 45% of cooling consumption nationwide

Twenty percent of Americans have HVAC systems that cost the homeowner an extra $882 annually on average to keep their homes cool — almost four times as much as the most efficient similar homes. This is according to a new study conducted by smart home energy company Sense who make smart home energy monitors.

But here’s the surprising finding: The 20% of homes with the highest cooling account for 45% of all cooling consumption nationwide.

Updating these inefficient homes could save 8% of US residential electricity usage overall and eliminate nearly 52 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

During the first US presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden promised to upgrade 4 million buildings and weatherize 2 million homes over four years, creating 1 million new jobs and re-energizing the economy (see Biden’s plan here). Sense’s analysis of home energy data supports the potential impact of the plan on the US’s energy picture and climate change goals, and it goes a step further by identifying the homes that will have the biggest impact overall. 

It’s already being done in other countries. As of this week, homeowners in England can apply for vouchers worth up to £10,000 to make their homes more energy-efficient through the government’s Green Homes Grant scheme. Improvements could include home insulation or installing low-carbon heating.

Updating and weatherizing the least efficient homes could save US consumers $15.3 billion annually while moving the US closer to climate change goals. Incentive programs that updated the 20% of homes with the highest cooling usage would eliminate 115 billion kWh of electricity usage annually. By comparison, in 2019, the US generated 107 billion kWh from solar and 300 billion kWh from wind.

Sense CEO Mike Phillips said:

Focusing on home upgrades and weatherization is a smart move because it can

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Kitchen, a Conspicuous Consumption Space

A well designed or a redesigned kitchen could be an expensive affair but one can select the backsplash material and give a new look to the kitchen. Materials like wood, metal, glass, ceramic and stone offer a load of backsplash option to focus on for today’s kitchen.

The postmodernism is marked by minimalism and offers combination of metal and glass to construct a utility space. The basic concept of form follows the function or function follows the form allows user to interact with the space. At times simply a coat of washable paint can make a difference to the aesthetic value and the kitchen expresses simplicity at its best to understand and exist. There are several options to choose from for the backsplash in terms of its material, color, shape & size; but ceramic probably being the most versatile of them all has a load to offer than just being economical. Ceramic tiles have color, pattern and texture to add to your kitchen.

The backsplash space is what connects the countertops to the wall mounted cabinets. While the countertops and cabinets are standard simpler surfaces; the backsplash space is where one could express ones creative individuality. The kitchen backsplash spaces offer a load of room to play around with while one could still maintain the clean lines differentiating. Ceramic offers a low maintenance solution to backsplash ideas; additionally one can play around with the tile patterns say stack them vertically, or stagger them or fix them at an angle.

Stainless steel backsplash options get uniformity by relating to the stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Stainless steel options are easier to wipe and will last forever. Natural stone offers an expensive alternative and texture to the backsplash spaces; it offers contrast to smooth counters and cabinets. Bricks used in the …

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