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#36182 - 03/30/04 01:52 AM Domestic appliances
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I came across this table in a 30-year-old book about the United States. It would be interesting to see the current percentage of American homes with each of these appliances.

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                    Percent of homes
Item                 1953       1971
Air conditioner       1.3       40.6
Coffee maker         51.0       88.6
Dishwasher            3.0       26.5
Disposer, food waste  3.3       25.5
Dryer, clothes        3.6       44.6
Freezer              11.5       31.2
Mixer (food)         29.7       82.4
Radio                96.2       99.8
Refrigerator         89.2       99.8
Television           46.7       98.7
Toaster              70.9       92.6
Vacuum cleaner       59.4       92.0
Washer (clothes)     76.2       92.1

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#36183 - 03/30/04 08:47 AM Re: Domestic appliances
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Loc: Northern California
Great post!!
My work is almost exclusively homes built in the 1950s. I often have wondered if in fact many of our present day appliances were present back then due to the observation that all of the circuits that I have bumped into in these homes are "spread thin" by todays standards. Looking at the chart above, this is understandable.

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#36184 - 03/30/04 09:40 AM Re: Domestic appliances
eprice Offline
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Loc: North Logan, Utah, USA
A lot has changed since 1971. The list includes a radio and a coffee maker but does not include personal computer, home audio equipment, home theater equipment, or video game consoles.

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#36185 - 03/30/04 11:23 AM Re: Domestic appliances
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Registered: 05/18/02
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Microwaves also.

Paul, how would you think the UK numbers compared in those times?

Roger

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#36186 - 03/30/04 11:44 AM Re: Domestic appliances
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Loc: North Chicago, IL
Tried pulling info for '95 to include here, but the Census website is using weird file formats. Found this at medialive.ie

Percentage / Households with % % %
'87 '94/5 '99/0
Clothes Dryer 21.8 26.3 42.0
Washing Machine 77.1 85.6 93.4
Dishwasher 7.6 18.7 32.0
Microwave Oven 6.3 46.6 71.5
Television Set(s) - Owned 61.2 88.2 96.2
Two or more TV Sets 14.0 28.4 49.0
Video Player 16.9 60.9 85.0
Stereo (Whole / Part) 42.6 51.7 66.2
Home Computer 6.1 16.0 29.3


[This message has been edited by DougW (edited 03-30-2004).]

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#36187 - 03/31/04 01:59 AM Re: Domestic appliances
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Paul, how would you think the UK numbers compared in those times?


I've tried a few searches, but not been able to find any data back as far as the 1950s. In general though, it's pretty safe to say that the U.K. percentages would have been quite a bit less than than the U.S. figures.

The following document contains a table covering 1970 to 2000 (table on page 27):
www.dti.gov.uk/energy/inform/energy_consumption/ecuk.pdf

Notice that the percentage of British homes with a washing machine and refrigerator in 1970 was lower than the equivalent 1953 American ownership!

The one high-power appliance where the U.K. would lead is the electric kettle, practically universal here (something to do with tea ), but not a common feature in many American kitchens.

Air conditioning is still very rare in homes here, but of course that's down to the climate.

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#36188 - 03/31/04 07:59 AM Re: Domestic appliances
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Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 383
Loc: South Oxfordshire, UK
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The one high-power appliance where the U.K. would lead is the electric kettle, practically universal here (something to do with tea, but not a common feature in many American kitchens.


Some of us are trying to redress the balance Paul. Thank goodness it's rated 50/60Hz!

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