On average, a treadmill uses between 600 and 700 watts of energy. That’s the equivalent of watching three or four 46-inch LCD televisions or leaving 50 compact fluorescent light bulbs burning, for the duration of your workout. If you ran for two-and-a-half hours per week—the government’s recommendation for ordinary adults—generating electricity for the treadmill would emit about 110 tons of carbon dioxide annually. (That’s about 1 percent of the annual CO2 emissions of the average car.)
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