On 22nd April the world comes together to celebrate Earth Day, an annual event demonstrating support for environmental protection. First held in the US in 1970, the day initially aimed to honour the Earth and the concept of peace at a time when war raged in Vietnam. Fast forward 44 years and Earth Day is now celebrated in over 190 countries and the order of the day is now environmental preservation and activism. Nowadays it’s celebrated by more than 190 countries worldwide and has seen increasing levels of eco-activism each year. The extreme weather conditions experienced over the past year, from the floods here in the UK to the Big Freeze in the US and bush fires in Australia, are testament to the devastating effects global warming is having on the planet. It is phenomena like these that Earth Day seeks to highlight with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last year describing the day as ‘a chance to reaffirm our collective responsibility to promote harmony with nature at a time when our planet is under threat from climate change’. Simple actions such as turning off lights, closing the fridge door and only boiling adequate amounts of water, work towards reducing our energy waste and CO2 emissions.
It is said that the average household creates more CO2 than the average car, something which calls into question how much energy households are using. A large proportion of household energy use is made up through appliances which, as a result of significant increases in energy prices year-on-year, will call into question how much energy appliances are consuming. Ranging from using a staggering 658kwh to 0.5kwh a year, the breakdown of how your household is using energy makes for interesting reading. Furthermore, the financial implications of this proves for many to be the more interesting point, particularly when taking into consideration the yearly increase in energy prices. With this in mind we’ve created an infographic to give you a clearer insight in just how much energy and money the appliances in your home are expending.