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Liberia Hosts Guinea at ATS Sunday

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first_imgLocal Lone Star is expected to host the Guinea national football team, Syli Nationale, on Sunday, July 5, at the under-renovation Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia at 4:00pm.Sunday’s game is the second leg between the two neighboring countries.Last month, Guinea defeated Liberia, 3-1, in the first leg in Bamako, Mali – the home ground of Guinea because of Ebola.Coach James Debbah’s Lone Star needs to overturn the score with 2-0 to qualify.In an interview with Lone Star Deputy Coach Kelvin Sebwe over the weekend, he expressed his faith over his side’s success over Guinea, but failed to state the actual goals.“We are going to beat Guinea to qualify– so we just ask every Liberian to come out in their numbers to support the boys,” he said. “Mistakes from last month’s game were corrected and we are going to qualify.”Coach Debbah said last Saturday after participating in the Olympic Day Run that his team would emerge winner on Sunday.“The run is part of our training ahead of the Sunday match against Guinea and we are positive that we are going to qualify,” Coach Debbah said.This weekend ends the preliminary round of qualification for the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) with 12 second-leg fixtures set to be played across the continent.In Zone West A game, Senegal faces Gambia away with a first leg 3-1 win at home while Mali will be looking to break their 1-1 tie with Guinea-Bissau when they play host this weekend.The highlight of the Central-East Zone will probably be Kenya looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit when they host traditional rivals Ethiopia, while Burundi and Uganda will be confident of advancing as they host Djibouti and Tanzania with first leg leads of 2-1 and 3-0 respectively.The busiest section is the Southern Zone, where Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa all look highly likely to advance as they head to respective away matches against Comoros, Seychelles and Mauritius with strong first leg leads that are unlikely to be overturned.However, the ties featuring Botswana-Lesotho, Angola-Swaziland and Zambia-Namibia are all delicately poised. The first had 0-0 and 2-2 draws in their respective first leg matches, while Chipolopolo will be looking to come back from 2-1 down at home against the reigning Cosafa Cup champions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

More emphasis needed on sexual abuse awareness for men – ChildLink

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first_imgActivist group, ChildLink recently outlined the need for more educational programs to be conducted to target men, as it was found that a large number of abusers are unaware that their actions are inappropriate.According to the group which conducted research on Child Sexual Abuse, a grave need exists for educational programs for men and boys specifically as a majority of the abusers are men.It said male members of the child’s immediate or extended family, such as a father or stepfather, uncle, step-uncle or cousin, a brother-in-law or grandfather make up the second largest category of abusers which accounted for 40 per cent of those reported cases.ChildLink reported that the males who oftentimes abuse their relatives are mostly of the view that they are entitled to have sexual access to any of the females in their sphere. As such, the report noted, “Boys and men need to be educated about appropriate sexual boundaries and the harms of sexual abuse. They also need to understand the illegality of these acts and be educated on the seriousness of the offences”.On another note, when it comes to dealing with children and sexual abuse, the organisation pointed out that there is also a grave need for the implementation of more Health and Family Life Modules which would generally place emphasis on younger children disclosing or ‘telling’ of abuse including sexual abuse and know about “good and bad and inappropriate touching”.The report compiled by ChildLink went further to say that all children who have been sexually abused need emotional support and should be referred for trauma counselling even if the abuse may have taken place years ago.“Children should be encouraged to tell their stories in an environment where professionals are skilled to communicate with children and that children are not interrogated or have to confront the abusers or tell their stories over and over,” the agency stated. The report found that stepfathers accounted for 12.4 per cent of the cases reported, fathers 6.8 per cent and brothers 6.2 per cent.According to ChildLink, “in 2014, there were 3883 reported cases of child abuse to the Child Care and Protection Agency, 628 (16 per cent) were child sexual abuse cases. In 2017, the CCPA report reflected a total of 4179 cases of abuse with 841 (20 per cent) of those cases being child sexual abuse. In a period of three years (2014-2017), there has been an increase of 5 per cent of reported child sexual abuse cases”.last_img read more

Armand LeBlanc, Jordie Hildebrand among the winners at Taylor Speedway

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first_imgIn Saturday’s events, Robin Jossefsson, Armand LeBlanc, and Matt Burdock made up the top three in the Bombers category. In the Mini-Adults races, Jordie Hildebrand, Clint Mason, and Ben Bodenham finished 1-2-3. In the Sports class, Darren Morin took first place, Wayne Dale was second, and Aaron Tubbs took third, and in the IMCA Modified races, Doug Mitchell took the win. He was followed by A.J. Everton, Joel Minard, and Gord Beaumont respectively.Armand LeBlanc improved on his second place finish on Sunday as he took the win in the Bombers grouping. Second went to Matt Burdock, and third was Robin Jossefsson. Jordie Hildebrand went back to back as he won again in the Mini-Adults category. Calvin Hildebrand, and Clint Mason took second, and third place. Ron McNabb won in the Sports Class. He was followed by Wayne Dale in second, and Darren Morin for third, and in the IMCA Modified class, A.J. Everton took the win, second went to Johnny Beaumont Jr., in third was Kervin McElderry, and fourth went to Doug Mitchell.The final races of the season will be held September 7 and 8 as a make up for races that were postponed in June.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Longtime fan of L.A. team shown some appreciation

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first_imgMonday brought more attention than this 91-year-old Dodgers fan was used to. As Nettie Berkson walked through the parking lot in Chavez Ravine to attend her 50th consecutive home opener, she was approached by strangers who wanted a picture with the woman they had seen on the front page of that day’s Daily News. A KTLA news crew followed her to her seat. And then a Fox 11 reporter and an Associated Press photographer stopped by for a piece of one of the Dodgers’ most consistent fans. People sitting nearby began asking each other who this woman was. “It’s a little too much excitement for me,” Nettie said. Marking the occasion, two of Nettie’s children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren were there to spend the afternoon with family, soak in the California sun – even if their field-level seats behind home plate straddle the shade – and enjoy some ballpark food. “It just teaches you how important family really is,” said David Berkson, Nettie’s 37-year-old grandson, who has attended each home opener since he was 5. “To be able to do this year in and year out, to have Grandma and Grandpa pass it down to my dad, and he to me, and me to my boys – it’s just a great tradition. Hopefully some day I’ll hit my 50th. “It really doesn’t matter if you stay the whole game or two innings. You check in, see some family, get your Dodger Dog – it’s great.” The Berksons have purchased the season package for four of these seats since Dodger Stadium opened in 1962. (Four more tickets were purchased for the extra family attending Monday’s game and the little kids piled onto parents’ laps.) Nettie’s husband, Marvin, who brought the family out from Chicago in 1946 and died 20 years ago, had walked the field while the stadium was under construction, determined to find the perfect seats that could remain in his family for generations. “We were all warned when we married into the family: No having kids around Opening Day. We had to plan around it,” said Andy Steier, 36, of Valencia, who is married to one of Nettie’s granddaughters. “But that’s why I married (Michael Berkson’s) daughter. I wanted the tickets.” Here’s to next year In the middle of the fourth inning, former Dodgers relief pitcher Jim Gott greeted the family in Aisle 1, Row S. Nettie used to play cards with a woman whose granddaughter married Gott, and Nettie had told her card-playing partner about a little boy who loved baseball and was battling leukemia. Gott visited Nettie’s 7-year-old grandson, Glen Greenberg, at UCLA Medical Center, and the two became fast friends. When Glen, now 22, got healthy, and returned to playing in the Agoura Hills PONY League, he commanded a certain amount of authority when his pal who pitched for the Dodgers watched him fling fastballs. “When he was really sick, Jim brought him (to Dodger Stadium), and after the games he would get to run on the field,” said Glen’s older sister, Britney. “It totally helped him get better.” At the end of the fifth inning, after the commotion had subsided, Nettie had seen little of the game, and she was exhausted. She picked up her stuff and, with son Michael to drive her home, headed out. “It was wonderful to be here today with everybody,” she said. “And please, God, help me to be able to be here again next year.” brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And then the mayor showed up. “This is a beautiful girl. She’s a beautiful girl,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said after hugging Nettie – as a fan a few rows back shouted, “Down in front!” Joining the mayor was Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, greeting Nettie’s family and congratulating her for a streak that goes back to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. “It’s what the Dodgers are all about,” McCourt said. “They are all about family and loyalty and sticking with the team year in and year out. To have her celebrating her 50th opening day is fantastic.” Family time last_img read more

Liverpool flop edges closer to Anfield exit

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first_img Samed Yesil has failed to impress since moving to Merseyside in 2012 Liverpool flop Samed Yesil is on the verge of a sealing a summer move to Turkish club Trabzonspor.The German signed for the Reds for £1m from Bayer Leverkusen in 2012 and he has since made just two appearances – both coming in the League Cup.The 21-year-old forward spent last season on loan at Swiss club FC Luzern –netting once in 13 appearances – but he has not done enough to catch Jurgen Klopp’s attention with his contract due to expire at the end of June.According to Sabah, long-term suitors Trabzonspor are leading the chase for Yesil and have already made contact with the player’s Turkish family about a potential move. 1last_img read more

COPANY ROVERS CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY – PIC SPECIAL

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first_imgPictured launching the new Ciopany Rovers book “Celebrating 25 years n the Donegal League” are David Walsh, Denis Mc Mullen and Jason Quigley. Pic.: Gary FoyA large crowd turned out in stunning sunshine to celebrate Copany Rovers’ 25th anniversary at Killowen Park, Laghey.The club celebrated 25 years in the Donegal League and launched a commerative book chronicling the past 25 years.Enjoying the action at Killowen Park in the company of Terry Leyden Donegal League administrator. Pic.: Gary FoyFinn Harps played the club in a friendly match and many faces form the past and the present connected to the club turned out. Special guests present included Jason Quigley, Matt Gallagher, Joyce Mc Mullin, David Walsh, Ernie Pollock, Joe Duffy, Terry Leyden and several other past club players and officials.David Walsh and Jason Quigley who played underage for Copany launched the book.Robert Johnston of Green Valley Foods pictured presentig the match ball to Joe Duffy former Donegal League Chairman who was a guest at the Copany Rovers 25th Anniversary celebrations on Sunday. Included is Copany Rovers clubman Ian Curristan. Pic.: Gary FoyThe Copany Rovers team who played Finn Harps in a friendly to celebrate the club’s 25th Anniversary in the Donegal League. Pic.: Gary FoyFinn Harps and Copany Rovers team captains Kevin Mc Hugh and Thomas Given pictured with match officials Liam Farren referee, John Mc Glanaghey and Ralph Wilson Linesmen. Pic.: Gary FoyCopany Rovers clubmen Stephen Johnston, Denis Mc Mullen and Ian Curristan pictured at the launch of the club’s new book “Celebrating 25 years in the Donegal League” with former players Joyce Mc Mullin, David Walsh and Matt Gallagher. Pic.: Gary FoyCopany Rovers launched their new book “Celebrating 25 years in the Donegal League” at Killowen Park today. Pictured are Ernie Pollock UFA, Stephen Johnston Copany Rovers, Terry Leyden Donegal League, Denis Mc Mullen Copany Rovers Joe Duffy Former Donegal League Chairman and Ian Curristan Copany Rovers. Pic.: Gary FoyEnjoyng the summer sunshing at Killowen Park today were Finn Harps supporters Sean Quinn, Seamus Gallagher, John Campbell and Harold Lindsey. Pic.: Gary FoyPresent for the festivities at Killowen Park, Copany were Andrew Wilson, Ralph Wilson, Liam and John Farren. Pic.: Gary FoyCOPANY ROVERS CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: July 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:25TH ANNIVERSARYCopany Roverslast_img read more

MAN CHARGED WITH DANGEROUS DRIVING CAUSING DEATHS OF PALS IN RATHMULLAN CRASH

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first_imgA 23 year old man has been charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of two of his friends in Rathmullan.Shaun Graham and Matthew Crawford who were both killed in the crash.Noel Carr, of Glenkeeragh, Newmills, appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court this morning. Mr Carr appeared in court in relation to a road accident which claimed the lives of two young men in Rathmullan on August 3rd last year.Shaun Graham, 19, and Matthew Crawford, 21, from Letterkenny were both killed when the car in which they were passengers crashed on the Rathmullan to Portsalon Road while returning home from a local festival.Mr Carr was arrested by arrangement and when charged at Letterkenny Garda station this morning he made no reply to the charge.Wearing a blue sweatshirt and blue jeans, Mr Carr did not speak at all during the brief hearing.He was accompanied by a number of family members.The court heard that Director of Pubic Prosecutions has recommended the accused go forward for trial.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court that a full book of evidence is being prepared in the case.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher, acting for the accused, said further charges may be pending and asked for an adjournment of the case until May 19th.Gardai said they had no objection to bail but asked that Mr Carr surrender his passport and sign on at Letterkenny Garda station once a week.MAN CHARGED WITH DANGEROUS DRIVING CAUSING DEATHS OF PALS IN RATHMULLAN CRASH was last modified: May 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtcrashMatthew CRawfordNoel CarrRathmullanShaun Grahamlast_img read more

SA, Botswana forge closer ties

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first_img8 October 2010 South Africa and Botswana have agreed to establish a bi-national commission to meet annually in both Pretoria and Gaborone, President Jacob Zuma said during Botswana President Ian Khama’s first official state visit to South Africa this week. “We also want to continue to work together to create opportunities which will ensure economic and industrial development leading to job creation and alleviation of poverty,” Zuma said following talks with Khama in Pretoria on Tuesday. The two presidents discussed a range of proposed agreements to strengthen cooperation between South Africa and its northern neighbour in fields such as agriculture, transport, environment, health, and science and technology. The energy and water needs of Botswana and South Africa were also discussed, as well as how the two neighbours could support each other on environmental issues. “We also made special mention of the excellent cooperation between the two countries on the establishment of transfrontier parks,” Zuma said. “These include the Kgalagadi Park between South Africa, Botswana and Namibia, as well as the Mapungubwe Park between South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.”Call for lifting of Zimbabwe sanctions During Khama’s visit, South Africa and Botswana reiterated their call for Europe and America to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe. Khama said Zimbabwe needed to be given a chance to “heal”, and the sanctions were not helping that process. “I was one of the people who were sceptical in the beginning … but the sanctions are now starting to be a hindrance, and we have to call on those imposing them to reconsider their position because the situation is better in Zimbabwe,” he said. Both leaders conceded that Zimbabwe’s instability was a potential barrier to the region’s socio-economic development. While sanctions were probably justified in the past, the situation in Zimbabwe had changed since the establishment of the government of national unity, they said. In 2008, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai agreed to a power sharing deal to end decades of economic and political instability in that country. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

A letter of concern

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first_imgJohan la Grange PO Box 12398 Leraatsfontein 1038 Witbank Cell +27 79 428 1971 (RSA) Cell +243 82 420 0465 (DRC) E-mail. biebie58@yahoo.com 11 January 2016 To whom it may concern, Sir/s, Re. Concerned citizen of South Africa. It is with great concern that I write this letter today and I hope that you will read this and show it to other people to read and maybe there is someone else in this country that feels the same as I do. South Africa is a beautiful country and it is with pride that I say this and I think I should know as I’ve been working in other African countries now for sixteen years, and I’ve seen these countries maybe with a different eye as the normal SA citizen will see them. This also enable me to realize that South Africa has gone backwards as a developed country and now I class SA as a developing country, the same as the rest of Africa. Don’t get me wrong, a lot has happened and was done since independence was “created” in 1994, but the pace in which things happen has gone from good to very slow and I blame myself for this as well because I’ve seen this every day for sixteen years outside the SA borders and now SA is on exactly the same pace, running a 400 meter race at a 1500 meter pace. (you cannot run the Durban July with a Donkey) you need to look at yourself and see whether you’ve gone back from getting things done quick and correctly to “what I don’t feel like doing today, I might look at completing tomorrow”. Now let me put one thing straight, I don’t talk about politics, religion or sex, these are my personal issues and so I believe is everybody else supposed to feel and accept their family, friend, neighbor, employer, employee, as a matter of fact anybody living in this country’s feeling and believe. This is a matter of respect both to yourself and other humans. I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve voted only once since 1994, but this was due to circumstances beyond my control and still today I think of this and I know that I’ve missed out on a opportunity to make a difference, but what’s gone is gone and I now feel that I will not miss out again. The government of this country is by far much more trustworthy that the majority of other African countries governments and you can talk about this for many moons to come but you will not convince me otherwise, I’ve seen and heard enough in Africa. So let’s face-it we all complain every day, but do we really do something to improve the country and the people living in harsh circumstances without electricity, without running water and no sanitation. No we don’t or shall I say I don’t myself, well I’ve tried in the past on numerus occasions without success and I can now after self-investing and struggling with this issue in my head for a long time, admit to you all that I didn’t try hard enough to do my part for the country, and you know why, just because it’s easier to just sit back and complain about everything going wrong, because that’s not what I want, then blaming everything on someone else and the government. It’s the easy way out and it sounds good if everybody blames someone else and I can talk along. As I’ve explained in the letter already, I’ve worked in other countries over the past sixteen years, doing electrical infrastructure development and refurbishing redundant war damaged sites and get these up and running again and building new plants for gold and copper mine production.( after years of war and circumstances I could or cannot do anything about, as I’m only an expat trying to educate, train and uplift the people of these countries to the best of my ability, the majority of infrastructures had to be built from scratch again).Why do I mention these? Because that is the reality and I cannot understand why my privilege was taken away from me, this is the privilege of doing the same work and uplifting of people here in South Africa. Now let me be straight with you, I know that I cannot get any work, tenders or even come back to South Africa and start a new business here, just for the simple reason that I don’t have a BBEE partner or partners. That’s the bottom line and now tell me, how am I supposed to do my part for this country, how can I train people to uplift themselves and create a better life for them and their families, how can I help developing infrastructures of this country, how can I build anything in this country to help the people in need if this is the reality? I’m no racist and I hate the fact that everything gets blamed on “apartheid”, that is bullshit and as far as I’m concerned, it is to my opinion, a matter of the government or certain people in high places taking these opportunities away from the people suffering daily without the services they are entitled to have in a developed country like South Africa. The bottom line for me now is, if I want or must come back to South Africa, to get a partner who feels the same about life in SA as myself and see the need and opportunities the same as I do. I’m a qualified electrician with thirty four years’ experience and twenty two years’ experience in mechanical engineering and I need this person/s to have a business attitude and sense, the same as myself. This will not happen I know, but it’s my task to teach the person/s to develop the business and give them an opportunity to go forward in life and in doing so also help the struggling citizens of this country. Is asking this too much from a concerned citizen, am I barking up the wrong tree, am I wrong in my visions, am I wrong in trying to help other people, am I wrong in trying to develop communities infrastructure, am I wrong in asking someone to help me to uplift the people of this country, am I wrong in asking anything because of my skin color, am I wrong in thinking that anybody will read this? Tell me if I’m wrong and then show me what you have done to create a better South Africa. Don’t criticize me for all, but come with a solution to my concern and by doing that, we can all help each other. I don’t care if you laugh at me, swear at me, and delete this letter or whatever you feel, other than looking positive at this it is how I feel and I also know I’m not the only person in South Africa feeling this way. Why does other countries where I’ve work not ask or insist that you must be from this race or from this religion or from this sport before you can add value to the country, how can I be blamed for what other people did a hundred or two hundred years ago, is this fair towards me as a human being? Why is people in the other countries so glad to see us and so positive about what we are doing for them in their country, we are not all there for the money, we deliver a service to those countries and what you don’t realize is the fact that the more people there is that make the move to work in other countries the less tax the government get every year and remember it’s the people that earn high salaries that do go there. This is not only PAYE taxes, it’s all the other taxes that we must pay in South Africa, which is now down the drain and looking at the annual figures supplied by the media there is less people paying taxes every year basically due to unemployment rising daily. If all these don’t bother you, do me a favor and delete or scrap this letter because you are then one of the people in a position where you’re enriching yourself and let the poor just get poorer while you keep yourself busy with all sorts of political crap. This matter has got nothing to do with politics, it’s about the wellbeing of people of South Africa of which you are one. I’ll keep on fighting until I get a partner that are willing to work with me in South Africa, as I cannot sit and see things going backward as it is doing day by day and I can and will make a difference to other people in need of a better life, I will not let the government or any politician or anybody for that matter, stop me or tell me I cannot succeed in creating a stable business in South Africa, which is where I was born and belong. I hope that if you read this letter to the end, that you will see that we can all live a peaceful and prosperous life in South Africa. I thank you. PS. I don’t have money to buy anybody or bribe anybody, all I need is someone that feels they can make a difference and make a success of the business with me.last_img read more

The Fine Print on Energy Efficiency

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first_imgHave you ever seen one of those big yellow cards on refrigerators, washing machines and other new appliances? These government-mandated notices indicate about how much energy the average U.S. consumer will save by replacing their older model at home with one of these shiny new things. Trouble is, different people use their appliances very differently — so most of us aren’t average consumers. When we researched how behavioral differences varied, we found that Americans use vastly different amounts of energy to light our homes, watch TV, and make toast. As a result, we determined that the money and carbon pollution that can be saved from swapping out inefficient televisions and dryers for more efficient ones depends above all on what kind of consumer is buying.RELATED ARTICLESAre Energy-Efficient Appliances Worth It?Choosing an Energy-Efficient RefrigeratorNet-Zero Families, Not Net-Zero HomesU.S. Lags in Energy EfficiencyAll About Washing Machines Consumers have different expectations The biggest driver of how much money consumers can save by using more efficient appliances is their behavior. For example, 14% of the population either watches TV or leaves their television on for an average of 7.7 hours per day, while half of Americans watch only an hour a day. And while 45% of U.S. households do laundry between two and four times every week, 10% of us are running between 10 and 15 loads. Another 8% use their washers and dryers once a week or less. If you don’t use an efficient appliance very often, it’s harder to get the savings needed to compensate for the cost of buying it. For example, a standard top-loading washing machine that is about $200 cheaper than an efficient model that uses up to 50% less energy. To justify the more efficient model, a consumer wants to save more than the extra $200 sticker price in their utility bills before replacing the appliance, typically about 11 years later. We found that a household’s bottom line for buying a high-efficiency washing machine versus a standard one ranged from a $100 loss to saving $1,560. Where you might land on this spectrum depends on how many loads of laundry you and yours do every week and to a lesser extent, where you live. People who do the most laundry save the most money on electricity when they use efficient washing machines, regardless of what electricity costs. (Source: Eric Williams, Ashok Sekar and Eric Hittinger) With this big a range, knowing the average savings isn’t much help when you’re deciding whether to spend the extra money on an efficient model. For some appliances, however, behavior plays a smaller role. Unless you hold your refrigerator door open for hours at a time, it probably costs you the same amount to run it as it would in anyone else’s home. Demographics, behavior and geography Demographics play a big role. Heavy television watchers tend to be elderly and retired. Families that constantly do laundry usually have little kids. Personal preferences matter as well. For example, two single people with similar jobs may watch different amounts of television depending on how they spend their free time. It also matters how much you pay for electricity and natural gas, which depends on where you live. For instance, the average U.S. residential electricity rate in 2017 was about 13 cents per kilowatt-hour, the energy it takes to power a laptop for two or three days. But in Washington state, a kilowatt-hour costs less than a dime, while people in Hawaii had to pay 29.5 cents per kilowatt-hour — making it the most expensive state for ratepayers. Likewise, the environmental benefits of energy-efficient appliances varies from place to place. When consumers need less electricity, local utilities don’t have to generate as much of it. Ratcheting down production at a coal plant will reduce a lot of carbon emissions, while turning down a hydropower plant won’t because it doesn’t emit carbon to begin with. The benefits of using less energy to do your laundry for society and the planet depend, therefore, on how your region is generating electricity. When we calculated this effect using real-world data, we found, for example, that saving the same amount of energy in coal-dependent Pennsylvania reduced 4.4 times more carbon than in hydropower-rich Washington state. Getting better energy info Based on our findings, we believe that the government and utilities should pay more attention to the many differences between consumers, including where they live, to make the most of their efforts to increase appliance efficiency. For example, we calculate that families with three or more kids save on average $570 from an efficient washer before replacing it, and 25% of them save more than $1,000. These families have a bigger incentive to buy an efficient washer compared to an average consumer, who would only save $125. Getting a good estimate for how much they personally will save could influence and expedite their decision to upgrade their laundry room. Ensuring that the public has this information could also help the environment. The consumers who would save the most money are also the ones who can potentially reduce their carbon emissions the most by using more efficient appliances. Making it happen We also see some straightforward ways to make this happen. First, consumers should be able to find out what their own potential energy savings would be. Tailoring this information could be accomplished relatively easily with a simple app for use by customers and sales staff. Apps like these are already helping homeowners see how much money they might save in the long run from installing rooftop solar panels. Utility rebate programs can also be improved with a more personalized approach. Many utilities will offer money back if their customers buy an efficient appliance. Utilities could encourage larger savings by targeting the kind of people likely to save more with an efficient appliance. In addition to the yellow energy use labels, the U.S. government also runs the Energy Star program, which certifies efficient appliances. Despite coming under attack from the Trump administration, these programs have been low-cost and effective ways to promote energy efficiency. But personalized information has potential to take promoting energy efficiency to the next level. It’s one of those everybody-wins situations: Utilities will save more energy and customers will save more money. With carbon emissions declining more swiftly, the whole world benefits as some progress will be made toward slowing the pace of climate change.   Eric Williams is professor of sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Ashok Sekar is a postdoctoral fellow with the Energy Systems Transformation Research Group at the University of Texas at Austin. Eric Hittinger is associate professor of public policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more