Last year more than 100 million Americans gathered around big-screen televisions to watch the Super Bowl. What do you think happened to home electricity usage during the Big Game?
Home electricity usage went up.
Home electricity usage went down.
GE estimated the electricity used by TVs showing the Super Bowl was enough to power all the homes in Dallas, Green Bay and Pittsburgh for 10 hours. That’s a lot of electricity! However, subsequent analysis showed that home electricity usage actually decreased during the game, three times more than the amount of energy consumed by all the TVs of people watching it. That’s because many households don't use other appliances during the game and because many people gather together to watch at other people’s homes or sports bars.