In the United States, we’re trending toward staying at home whether it’s for work, enjoying entertainment, or shopping online. That lifestyle may drive up our own electric bill, but a study suggests that actually puts a dent into total American energy usage. There’s some controversy involved in the findings, but we’re ultimately using less power by staying at home.
According to Joule, the average American citizen is spending eight more days at home in 2012 compared to 10 years before. That’s reduced the national energy consumption by 1,700 trillion BTUs, which stands for British Thermal Unit and measures heat energy. That’s nearly a full two percent less than what the United States uses.