Americans are certainly beginning to notice and appreciate the comforts of an enhanced Japanese toilet seat. But today, Steve Mitnick, Editor-in-Chief of Public Utilities Fortnightly is probably the first person to marry the thought of an electrified toilet to load growth. He quotes from a Wall Street Journal article regarding electricity consumption of these toilets:
“The majority of homes in Japan are equipped with toilets that come with seats that heat up and electric bidets – more than 70% of all homes, according to a government estimate – that do consume a fair amount of electricity here.
Generally switched on year-round, toilets in Japan account for 3.9% of all household electricity consumption. The fancier ones have seats that majestically rise when a person is detected entering the bathroom, while others play music and emit pleasant odors.”The Priceonomics article that Mitnick also references goes into more detail on history, installation costs and moderately priced alternatives. Here's an excerpt on Japan's ubiquitous toilet preference: