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Electricity Consumption Drops during the Super Bowl

February 3, 2015

Over at the NCPA's Energy and Environment Blog, Senior Research Fellow Lloyd Bentsen offers a surprising statistic: energy consumption actually drops during the Super Bowl.

Millions tuned in to watch this year's Super Bowl, and, according to General Electric, televisions alone during the ballgame consume more than 11 million kilowatt-hours of energy, which the blog Outlier says is the same as the amount of power generated by 10 medium coal-fired power plants during the course of the game.

But when it comes to total household electricity consumption, it actually falls during the Super Bowl, dropping 5 percent below normal Sunday afternoons during the winter.

Why? Folks gathered around their televisions typically aren't using other appliances, and many go to other people's homes to watch the game. According to Outlier, the drop in energy usage during the game reduces America's overall energy bills by $3.1 million.

Source: Lloyd Bentsen, "Super Bowl is Good for the Environment?" NCPA Energy and Environment Blog, February 2, 2015. Barry Fischer, "Will the Super Bowl save the planet? How America's most watched TV event reduces home energy usage," Outlier, January 27, 2013.


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