You and those you care about spend much of your lives in your homes and, while you may think you know everything about where you live, from top to bottom and inside out, you may not realize all the weird, wacky and fun things right under your nose.
Over the next few months, Reliance™ will be sharing some of our favourite fun facts – about your home! Here’s part one:
Cold Faraday: Modern air conditioning got its start back in 1820 – nearly 200 years ago – when English scientist Michael Faraday discovered that compressed and liquefied ammonia could chill air when it was allowed to evaporate.
What’s in a name? Ever wonder where the term “air conditioning” came from? In 1906, a North Carolina textile manufacturer coined the phrase in describing how the cooling technology improved the quality and condition of the cloth made in his plant.
Ice Power: When air conditioning systems were first introduced, output settings were measured in ‘Ice Power’, in other words, how many blocks of ice it would take to produce that amount of cooling power. Today, we call this output setting ‘AC units’.
School’s hot: Summer vacation for kids began because it was simply too hot to conduct classes. When air conditioning became common in schools, they decided to continue taking the summer off.
Shut the fridge door: Did you know, every time you open the refrigerator, up to 30% of the cold air inside escapes? To save energy, think about what you need from the fridge and freezer before you open it.
Throwing some shade: Well-planned landscaping isn’t just for aesthetics. Properly placing trees around your home can save up to $250 annually from the shade they provide.
Rebate, rebate: If your home appliances, including your air conditioner, have the ENERGY STAR® name and symbol on them, you may qualify for government mail-in rebates and incentives. Learn more here.
Off-putting: Around 75% of electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are actually turned off. Leaving a computer on all day can cost about 21 cents per day – or about $75 a year in wasted energy. Unplug your electronics and appliances when they’re not in use – a multi-outlet strip, which can turn everything off with the flip of a switch, can be useful.
Knowledge lights the world: According to Google, the energy it takes to conduct 100 searches on its site is equivalent to a 60-watt bulb burning for 28 minutes.
Pop goes the wallpaper: Did you know bubble wrap was originally designed to be used as wallpaper for homes? It ended up being pop-ular for something else (we couldn’t resist).
For more fun facts and useful information on home comfort and saving energy, keep an eye out for our weekly email tips provided by Reliance technical experts!