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Stay Home and Save the World

Posted February 03, 2018 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
Pathfinder Tags: Energy Environment

Time to celebrate, introverts!

If you have spent the better half of a lifetime shamefacedly making excuses for why you don’t want to go somewhere — to the store, out to eat, to the movies — you now have the perfect excuse. Explain that you are busy trying to save the earth for future generations….

In a recent survey on American Time Use, researchers found that fewer and fewer Americans are leaving home. The natural conclusion, according to researchers, is that technological developments such as online shopping, remote working, and streaming services make it less necessary to leave home as frequently.

In fact, Americans are spending so much more time at home than before that this tend resulted in a net 1,700 trillion Btu (British thermal units) in energy savings for the U.S. in 2012.

While the number of people staying home now might mean a spike in residential energy demand, the decrease in travel and the decrease in non-residential space use mean significant energy savings.

Based on the 2012 numbers:

  • Americans spent an extra eight days at home
  • Americans spent one day less traveling
  • Americans spent one week less in non-residential buildings (i.e., at work)

“We did expect to see net energy decrease, but we had no idea of the magnitude," says first author Ashok Sekar (@_ashok7), a postdoctoral fellow who studies consumer energy use and policy at the University of Texas at Austin. "This work raises awareness of the connection between lifestyle and energy. Now that we know people are spending more time at home, more focus could be put on improving residential energy efficiency." Sekar conducted the study with Eric Williams and Roger Chen, sustainability researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

So get back on that couch, introvert and do your thing!

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02/03/2018 12:48 AM

Environmental hero...

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02/03/2018 10:55 PM

Did they take into account the increased energy used by package delivery services (especially air freight)?

I happen to live in the landing pattern for a freight terminal airport. I rarely heard a plane 20 years ago. Now I hear several each morning and several more each evening.

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02/05/2018 11:03 AM

So yet another benefit.

You have stayed at home for 20 years, and your hearing has improved.

Oh, come on! That's funny!

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02/05/2018 11:28 AM

I wish!

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02/17/2018 11:30 PM

I stayed home all day today--but not on the couch! I flushed the fuel systems on my boat and one of my JetSkis with avgas. Then I spent about 4 hours making some parts on my lathe & mill. Now, at 10:30 PM, it's time to relax for a few minutes before hitting the sack. I'll be up again at 6:00!

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