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[ Spending Time at Home Saves Energy ]

Americans’ increasing reliance on online shopping and entertainment is saving large amounts of energy.

Researchers have identified a positive trade-off for the rise in online shopping, our consumption of streaming video, and employees working from home. Despite increasing the amount of residential energy demand, the decrease in travel and use of non-residential spaces was responsible for a net 1,700 trillion bTU in energy savings for the United States in 2012, 1.8% of the national total. The analysis, published January 29 in the journal Joule, reflects how advances in information technology are changing the American lifestyle, particularly for those under the age of 65.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-01-americans-home-lot-energy.html#jCp

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