New ways to use electricity
If you listen carefully, you can hear a quiet transformation happening. Electric appliances and equipment are becoming more popular than ever among consumers.
Advancements in technology and battery power coupled with decreasing costs are winning over consumers looking for comparable utility and versatility. A bonus is that use of electric equipment is quieter and better for the environment.
Inside the home, consumers and homebuilders alike are turning to electric appliances to increase energy efficiency and savings. Both traditional electric stoves and induction stove tops are significantly more efficient than a gas oven. Electric induction stoves, which cook food without any flame, will reduce indoor air pollution and can bring water to a boil about twice as fast as a gas stove.
It’s smart to go electric and it takes electricity to go smart. Robotic vacuums, WiFi connected refrigerators and other kitchen appliances are a part of a market trend of smart home technology and automation. Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative is offering a discounted price on a Smart Thermostat to members that want to help their co-op keep power costs low.
Benefits of technological advancements aren’t exclusive to inside the home. Tools and equipment with small gas-powered motors are being replaced with electric ones that include plug-in batteries. In the past few years, technology in battery storage has advanced significantly. Hand-held tools with plug-in batteries can hold a charge longer and offer the user the same versatility and similar functionality as gas-powered tools.
In addition to standard offerings, consumers can now purchase a wider array of specialty tools that plug-in such as power inverters, air inflaters and battery chargers. With more national brands offering a wider selection including lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and string trimmers, the quality of zero- or low-emissions lawn equipment is also improving.
Today, the number of electric products available is exploding. There are electric bikes, school buses, pressure washers, utility terrain vehicles, backhoes––even airplanes and boats. With the expansion of batteries and advancements in technology, we are seeing almost anything that burns gasoline or diesel as having an electric replacement available on the market.
Electric equipment requires less maintenance, and often the biggest task is keeping them charged. Electric equipment is quieter so if you want to listen to music or your favorite podcast while performing outdoor work, you can. On the horizon, autonomous lawn mowers (similar to the robotic vacuum cleaners) will be seen dotting outdoor spaces.
Another benefit of using electric appliances or equipment is that by virtue of being plugged into the grid, the environmental performance of electric devices improves over time. In essence, electricity is becoming cleaner through increases renewable energy generation, so equipment that uses electricity will have a diminishing environmental impact over time.
Quite a hat trick––improving efficiency, quality of life and helping the environment.