Report: repair saves households money

Our friends over at US PIRG have produced a new report looking into the household economics of repair in the USA. The report mostly frames the Right to Repair as a way to boost the local economy and save people money.

They looked at average household spending on electronic and electrical devices/appliances, the lifespan of some representative products and the cost of replacing and repairing them to reach the following conclusions:

:shopping: American households spend about $1,480 purchasing new electronic products per year.

:moneybag: Repair could reduce household spending on electronics and appliances by 22 percent, which would save an average family approximately $330 per year.

It does also include some environmental messaging by addressing the problem of e-waste.

:wastebasket: The average American family generates about 176 pounds [β‰ˆ80 kg] of electronic waste each year […] the United States generates 6.9 million tons [β‰ˆ7.1 million tonnes] of electronic waste

It’s worth noting that in 2019, the US was ranked 8th in the world for the most e-waste generated per person (the UK came 2nd).

The report argues that Right to Repair measures are a key part of reducing e-waste as well as making repair a more practical option for households.

You can read a summary of the report on US PIRG’s site or download it directly (PDF, 960 KB)