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Something Else To Be Thankful For This #Thanksgiving: #EnergyEfficiency #energy #ThanksgivingTips

Something Else To Be Thankful For This #Thanksgiving: #EnergyEfficiency #energy #ThanksgivingTips

Thanksgiving is the perfect trifecta of family, friends, and food—making it one of my favorite celebrations. But Thanksgiving tops my unofficial “best holiday” list for another, less known and less celebrated, reason. So what’s that other reason? We consume less energy! According to Opower, energy use is significantly lower on Thanksgiving compared to a typical Sunday in November. This seems surprising given all of the travelling and cooking that occurs, but a closer examination shows there’s a fairly simple explanation for the Thanksgiving energy anomaly. Since family and friends spend most of the day together, it means many homes are completely powered down. This offsets the football watching, cooking, and cozying up that happens at the home of the host. The impact is impressive, by using 5–10% less energy on Thanksgiving, Americans save the equivalent caloric energy of ...

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