Reducing the carbon footprint from your home’s power use is a theme we will post a lot on in the future.
Using data from the World Energy Council we can compare how much electricity the average electrified household uses in different countries. There are numerous things that drive these differences, including wealth, physical house size, appliance standards, electricity prices and access to alternative cooking, heating and cooling fuels. By taking residential electricity use and dividing it by population we can look at how much electricity the average person uses at home in each country.
Our household electricity use has been 2,000 kWh each of the last few years, which means it is about 700 kWh per person.
The heated surface area of the house is 185 m2 and includes a couple of rooms in the cellar. We hope to reduce electric use by 50% in the coming years with a new heat pump (COP for heat of 3.8), solar thermal hot water and radiators, heat pump clothes dryer, more LED lights, and maybe a wood burning insert for non used fireplace. We heat our home with natural gas…but people forget about the power consumption of the fan to distribute the heat throughout the house.
I don’t believe in global warming, If it was true then South India is on the brink of maximum heat, We would have fled to the mountains when the volcano in iceland puked next 100 years of man made green house gasses. When developed countries have everything that they need their politicians talk about non existing problems and act as if they are resolving it.
Though we Indians are amongst the minimum users of electricity, Government still insists on saving electricity. In the UK we might not use as much electricity as say America, but we do seem to use alot of gas for heating during the winter months. So I don’t think Brits can really pat them self on the back, its just fortunate our climate is more mild. Carbon foot print as it pertains to global warming is a tax scam to squeeze every bit of life out of its people. We are 2 living in a 2400 sq ft bungalo (includes exposed basement in sq footage) in northern Ontario, Canada. My home is less than 100 square meters and I ALWAYS turn off what I don’t use at the moment.
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The March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant put nuclear energy at the forefront of national conversations around the world. Tonight, FRONTLINE airs Nuclear Aftershocks, which examines the implications of the Fukushima accident for U.S.
In advance of the film, we wanted to understand how heavily each state relies on electricity generated from nuclear. In order to foster a civil and literate discussion that respects all participants, FRONTLINE has the following guidelines for commentary. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Repeatedly, critics of Germany’s energy transition say that France’s transition is a better model to follow.
Two plans, similar goals – the German Energiewende and the French Transition energetique.
The French get roughly three quarters of their electricity from nuclear, and they went from a very small share to around 75 percent in around 2 decades starting at a low level in 1977.
Clearly, France managed to ramp up nuclear much faster than Germany increased renewable electricity.
France has a slightly lower GHG target because its current starting point (8.3 t CO2e per capita per year) is well below Germany’s (11t).

Despite similarities in these goals, France’s approach is considered very different from Germany when it comes to the role of citizens and the public. Arne Jungjohann is a political scientist, Twitterbrainer and energy expert with a focus on the Energiewende, its politics and communications.
Once East Germany was modernized, German per capita emissions reductions slowed right down. Focusing as you do on percent changes since 1990 also ignores the fact that French emissions were already significantly lower than German emissions. It’s sneaky to use 1990 as the starting year for Germany when evaluating the success of the Energiewende at reducing GHG emissions. The numbers make it hard to conclude the Energiewende has had any discernable impact on German GHG emissions, especially when they’re placed in international comparison (France provides one such example, but there are many others).
Also, you state that the Energiewende began in 2000, but there is no official starting date.
This is instructive but a bit short on French energy transition, which is the object of a very ambitious new law.
For wind power and solar power, efficiency measures something fundamentally different than for non-renewable resources. But I guess we used ~1000KWh more than normal due to moving in January, having the doors open for workmen on frequent occasions and a few small teething problems with the heat pumps – both for warm air heating and for the warm water boiler. But there may be little room to do this, short of either installing a wood burning stove (which never pays itself back, even with heat recovery from the heating system) or installing solar thermal water heating (which again, will never pay itself back). That also means we only have about 8 hours of daylight in the winter (it doesn’t balance out in the summer by having longer evenings). We use Air conditioner only for Bed room 2 to 3 hours at night on Summer months followed by a fan.
If children can be trained to live without Air-conditioners and Washing machines (I never saw them till I got a job at age 24), they will be healthier and pay less for energy throughout their life. It’s just me, so I did an experiment to see how much money I could save on electricity. By submitting comments here, you are consenting to these rules:Readers' comments that include profanity, obscenity, personal attacks, harassment, or are defamatory, sexist, racist, violate a third party's right to privacy, or are otherwise inappropriate, will be removed. In comparison, it took Germany around 15 years to increase the share of renewables by 20 percentage points starting in the late 1990s, as the chart below shows.
But apparently, if we follow the French example, it leads back to something surprisingly similar to the Energiewende.
While France starts with less ambition with renewables in its electricity sector, the overall renewables target in total energy consumption is more ambitious than Germany’s. Germany aims to reduce the share of nuclear power from a peak of around 28 percent to zero percent by 2022. Pierre Cannet of WWF France says: “democratization or other ways to involve the public in the [French] energy transition is yet to be built”. Most of Germany’s GHG emissions reductions since 1990 are the result of the fact that the Wiedervereinigung was in 1990, and over the next few years, co2 belching inefficient Soviet era heavy East German industry was shut down and the East was modernized.
From 1990 to 1992, German per capita emissions fell by more than they fell from 2000 to 2012. Using 1990 as the starting data conveniently lets Germany start the clock in the same year it could begin putting the dirty DDR’s pollution on its books. The law passed in 2000 was an update of the law from 1991, and the term itself was coined in the 1970s.
We in India do not have the full picture of the social and environmental costs of nuclear power in France, though my own readings lead me to believe that it is somewhat like UK I.e. For instance, an old coal plant may have an efficiency of 33 percent, meaning that a third of the energy in the coal is converted into electricity, with the other two thirds being lost as waste heat.

While it obviously also makes sense to use sunlight as efficiently as possible, with solar and wind we lose what we do not use – the Earth gets roughly the same amount of energy from the Sun every day. IE: In Canada our power has to travel further and there is some loss as it travels, so more power needs to be produced to counteract this problem. We do not use Airconditioners or heaters as weather is moderate in our region and use natural gas geysers and gas stoves. With smart meters I can see hourly consumption and note that the basal level of energy useage at my house is 500 watts continuously. I live in Republic of Panama and last month they claim I used 971kWh I find it hard to believe. There is a large refrigerator in my apartment, but I don’t buy enough food at one time to fill it. Entries that are unsigned or are "signed" by someone other than the actual author will be removed.
Contrary to the conventional wisdom even of many energy experts, France and Germany are pursuing a similar energy path. Others, such as French sociologist and nuclear critic Sezin Topcu, believe that secrecy is the main explanation for the success of nuclear in France, while Germany has produced an admirable level of transparency on the issue (video in French). Meanwhile, since the start of the Energiewende in 2000, French co2 equivalent emissions have fallen faster than Germany’s, both in absolute terms, and in proportional terms. Without showing the numbers that illustrate the pathway GHG emissions have taken, you invite readers to conclude the Energiewende had something to do with those reductions, when in reality it played no such role.
They then, during the Energiewende era, fell by only a ton from 2000 to 2012, despite favorable tailwinds provided by the largest recession since the Great Depression and the relatively stagnant economy that has followed since. Nonetheless, 33 percent may sound better than the 15 percent efficiency of an off-the-shelf solar panel. Other countries might have poor infrastructure, or use poor conductors for their powerlines.
On summers months March to October (its hot most of the time) temperature can range from 28 to 42 (max). There are new fridges which use a motor fan to remove frost, they consume 1 Kwh per day more. These Provincial governments have historically encouraged home heating and cooling with electricity. It is winter, so I put the perishables on a ledge outside my window and didn’t run the frig for an entire month. And second, France was able to roll out nuclear much faster than Germany has ramped up renewables. I doubt very much though if the French will actually make these nuclear reductions, but if they do, it will represent a big step backwards in the effort to rein in global warming.
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We have gas burners here and gas heating, so I ended up just paying for the electricity used by my computer, lights, and cell phone. Thus, nuclear has replaced RE in Tamil Nadu and this pattern would be disastrous for future RE investments in India.Moreover, it is peculiar that while France is phasing out nuclear power, the US is trying to get India to change its nuclear accident liability law.

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