26 Sep '11, 3pm

Infographic: The hidden cost of household gadgets

Not likely. Analysts say the electrical appliances market is still growing like gangbusters. Baby boomers are moving to the South and Southwest where houses are big and air conditioning use is high. Demand for electric cars is high and is expected to present a significant new draw on the grid nationwide. All good for the economy, right? There are just a few problems. For one, in the U.S., grid power is fired primarily by dirty fossil fuels like coal and natural gas , so any increased pull on the grid means more CO2 and particulate matter in the air**. The other is that utility companies are raising their prices, on average, by six percent every year, so just because that Nissan Leaf costs less than filling up your tank today doesn't mean it'll always be that way. You can be sure that utility companies will be keeping close tabs on electric vehicle adoption, which means the...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/gadgets-electronics/stories...

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