Interesting Facts to Know

By turning off your computer each night or when not in use (i.e. lunch times, weekends, when in meetings at night) for a year you save as much energy as it takes:

  • to run a clock radio for 1,392 weeks
  • to make 9,280 bags of microwave popcorn
  • to wash 464 loads of washing
  • to use your blow dryer for 5,568 hours
  • to vacuum for 464 hours
  • to produce 3,480 plastic bags
  • to run your microwave 24 hours a day for a week
  • to boil your kettle for 24 hours a day for 268 days


Sunlight travels to the earth in approximately 8 minutes from 93,000,000 miles away, at 186,282 miles per second.

In one hour, more energy from sunlight falls on the earth than the amount of energy used by the entire population in one year.

Accounting for only 5 percent of the world’s population, Americans consume 26 percent of the world’s energy.

Electric ovens consume the most amount of electricity, followed by microwaves and central air conditioning.

Who knew that simply turning your computer off at night could save as much energy as it takes to do 464 loads of laundry?

Across America, home refrigerators use the electricity of 25 large power plants every year.

A hot water faucet that leaks one drop per second can add up to 165 gallons a month. That’s more than one person uses in two weeks.

A crack as small as 1/16th of an inch around a window frame can let in as much cold air as leaving the window open three inches!

An automatic dishwasher uses less hot water than doing dishes by hand – an average of six gallons less, or more than 2,000 gallons per year.

Each gallon of fuel releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air.

Laptops use 90% less energy than desktops.

Fluorescent lamps are much more efficient than incandescent bulbs, and they last 6-10 times longer, too!

Resource: www.facts-about-solar-energy.

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