What If We Powered Our Houses With Hamsters? 🐹⚡

From Life Noggin.

Triangle Bob asked me a bizarre question, so naturally, I had to make a video about it. Could those cute little hamsters power an entire house?
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Hamster Powered House Energy:
According to the US Energy Information Administration, the average American household used an average of a little over 914 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per month in 2018, or around 30 kWh per day. While it’s a little harder to pin down just how much energy a hamster could produce, an older Georgia Tech study gave us a bit of an idea. After hooking up some hamsters to tiny vests with electricity-generating threads sewn into them, one of the little speedsters was able to generate one-twentieth the power of an AA battery. For comparison, a standard AA battery contains a little under 4 watt-hours, or 0.004 kilowatt-hours. Quite a bit less than what we would need to power a house.

Sources:
https://animals.mom.me/hamsters-run-much-2118.html#:~:text=The%20Hamster%20Wheel,get%20caught%20between%20the%20rungs.
https://www.hamsterwheels.co.uk/pages/how-far-do-hamsters-run/
https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=97&t=3#:~:text=How%20much%20electricity%20does%20an,about%20914%20kWh%20per%20month.
http://sustainable-nano.com/2016/04/29/aa-batteries-mercedes/#:~:text=A%20typical%20AA%20battery%20contains,have%20to%20change%20the%20batteries.
https://jeelabs.org/2012/11/26/watts-amps-coulombs/
https://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2009/03/10/2511998.htm
https://paylesspower.com/blog/how-much-electricity-can-a-bike-generate/
https://michaelbluejay.com/electricity/bicyclepower.html#:~:text=A%20typical%20bike%20generator%20can,get%2099.7%25%20from%20the%20grid.

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