The Ideal 1950’s All-Electric House Was A Trip
Back when electricity was cheap, they wanted everything to run on it. From the cook tops to the grill, all electric. It's something we can't wrap our heads around now, but that was the future at one point in time. A simpler time when electricity was just over one cent per kilowatt hour. Power was cheap.
Now let me cut you off real quick... If you're on PSO's Power Hours, you already know that they charge 2.5 cents per kilowatt hour during most of the 24 hour day period, but that's uniquely something specific to our area. During peak times, it's 10.5-ish cents for that same kilowatt hour. Something large areas like Houston see on a daily basis right now because Texas isn't the windbag it used to be.
Ironically, when you adjust for inflation to level the playing field, power is cheaper now than it was back then. A lot of that is because our power usage isn't as cavalier as it used to be. We're more efficient with our power usage. Plus, technology allows easier movement of that power through the three tremendous power grids stretched across the East US, West US, and Texas. In essence, we've managed to cut the cost of power by using less of it. People are turning to cheaper, more efficient things like natural gas and solar to cut that monthly bill down.
By the way, did you know natural gas clothes dryers are almost popular now? How strange is that? Burning gas to dry the clothes. I thought it was an ages old piece of hardware the first time someone mentioned it to me, but it apparently dries clothes faster and cheaper. The more you know.
I'm pretty sure that one of these days, as some point in my lifetime, solar and individual wind turbines will be the norm in single family homes. Maybe not so much those being renovated, but definitely those built new-construction. Is it a bad thing? No. Does that mean everyone should aim to use as little energy as possible? Well, kind of... It's not the using of energy that's bad. It's the wasteful using of energy, and odds are, if you've ever yelled at a kid for leaving the door open during a 110 degree day, you know what I'm talking about. Something as strange as an all-electric house is just something I thought was neat enough to look at.