Despite more gadgets, electricity usage in US homes is falling to levels last seen in 2001

  • Article by: JONATHAN FAHEY , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 30, 2013 - 2:25 PM

NEW YORK — The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen to levels last seen more than a decade ago, back when the smartest device in people's pockets was a Palm pilot and anyone talking about a tablet was probably an archaeologist or a preacher.

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mylittleidDec. 30, 1312:31 PM

"In the wake of the financial crisis, billions of dollars in Recovery Act funding was directed toward home-efficiency programs. Big appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners have gotten more efficient thanks to federal energy standards that get stricter ever few years as technology evolves". ---- Thank you Democrats!

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phunkhat1Dec. 30, 1312:51 PM

Simple mandates like these directed at manufacturer's do a lot of good. We will see similar effects from the MPG mandate by the EPA, although many lobbyists were upset because it affects short-term profits.

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menumbreDec. 30, 13 1:15 PM

I guess we will have to increase electic rates to punish those reposnsible enough to reduce consumption.

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la55122Dec. 30, 13 1:27 PM

I have made many energy improvements and have all newer appliances and lighting. My coop utility doesn't want to admit that my electric meter is reading about 15-20% high since it was installed in 2002. They claim meters usually slow down and read low. I am going to have a digital submeter installed on my panel and it will prove them wrong. I don't believe they even have the capability to test and adjust the meters, they just replace them with new meters but won't replace mine unless I pay for the service. They don't trust their customers, but we are expected to trust them. They are a co-op but are run like a corporate utility. Once I have enough data from my own meter, I will have a conversation with them.

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supervon2Dec. 30, 13 1:31 PM

Actually electric prices have become so high that most families live in the dark and discomfort to avoid paying high bills.

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macretsamDec. 30, 13 1:46 PM

Pull out your most recent electricity bill and compare the Cents/KW cost to last year. Its gone up 20% in just one year. --- Thank you Democrats!

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FrankLDec. 30, 13 2:09 PM

Yeah, the math works out just great, spend $1500 on a new fridge to save $20 in electric per year. The MPG law is even worse. Stuff us into ticky-tack little cars to achieve the magical mileage gains. Soon will be like Europe where only the rich have a decent size cars, and the rest get a little econobox that we get to do the limbo to get in and out.

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Dellman2Dec. 30, 13 2:13 PM

"DVRs spin at all hours of the day," My Comcast DVR certainly does that. even if I turn the box off (but still plugged in AC). If its not recording or playing or buffering a channel that is active, why on earth does the hard drive need to be active? One hard drive of the kind used in a DVR is about 5 Watts, or nearly 3.6 KWhour a month.

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jereaDec. 30, 13 2:32 PM

FrankL: "Yeah, the math works out just great, spend $1500 on a new fridge to save $20 in electric per year."

Are you really comparing the total cost of a fridge to the energy savings? Take away the stuff that saves energy and likely the fridge will cost you $1,490.

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citypersonDec. 30, 13 2:39 PM

Remember those Conservatives that used to mock the fluorescent light bulbs? Now most homes and apartments use these bulbs. LED will be next. Will Conservatives mock them too?

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