I just came from The Star's gym where I sweated over a bike in spin class for -- cough-cough -- can I say 35 minutes? In front of me was a line of fit joggers whirling on the treadmills.
Now, I'm a big runner most of the time. (Do I admit here that I'm actually 7 months pregnant? So right now, the only jogging I'm doing is for a seat on the subway. Which I rarely get. But that's another rant...) But I've always had a thing against treadmills.
They seem to me like a symbol of our wasteful consumption. And totally contradictory -- like taking an elevator to the gym to spend 30 minutes on the Stairmaster.
So I did a little research. It turns out (according to Treadmills USA) that the average treadmill uses around 1500 watts -- the equivalent of 15 of those old-fashioned light bulbs we've all chucked this week. So, over 30 minutes, you use .75 kilowatt-hours (logic= 1.5 kw x 0.5 hours) -- the same amount you'd use to light up your Christmas tree for six hours. (To check out the amount of electricity you use for appliances, check here.)
According to the Energy Star website, there is no such thing as an Energy Star treadmill. It's called running outside.
-- Catherine Porter