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Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:00 PM

Enjoy the game: American electricity use drops 5% during Super Bowl



"Super Bowl Sunday is here! The all-day event brings millions to the television screen Ė 111.3 million last year, to be exact. The big game symbolizes many different things to its viewers; some people are disappointed itís the last opportunity to watch football for a few months, others are excited to free up some time on Sundays and the opportunity to be entertained by music and advertisements exists for everybody in between. (Maybe even the occasional puppy, because letís be honest, the Puppy Bowl that airs on Animal Planet during the game is adorable).

Few would naturally draw the relationship between the Super Bowl and electric usage. But, with all of the microwaves heating up cheese dip, stoves preparing food, and refrigerators being constantly opened and closed, the assumption is that electrical draw would be monstrous on Super Bowl Sunday, right?

Wrong!"

http://theenergycollective.com/ecskris/180241/fun-facts-about-super-bowl-sunday-and-electrical-draw?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Energy costs associated with production of "nacho cheese" dip not factored in.

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Reply Enjoy the game: American electricity use drops 5% during Super Bowl (Original post)
wtmusic Feb 2013 OP
Travis_0004 Feb 2013 #1
wtmusic Feb 2013 #3
JimDandy Feb 2013 #2
wtmusic Feb 2013 #4
JimDandy Feb 2013 #7
obxhead Feb 2013 #9
JimDandy Feb 2013 #11
Robb Feb 2013 #5
wtmusic Feb 2013 #6
monmouth3 Feb 2013 #8
JimDandy Feb 2013 #10
left is right Feb 2013 #12
CreekDog Feb 2013 #13
wtmusic Feb 2013 #14
NMDemDist2 Feb 2013 #15

Response to wtmusic (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:07 PM

1. Interesting.

Although energy use goes down, if its due to no vaccums or dryers being used, its not really energy saved. People will just use those devices another time or day, so its only time shifting energy usage.

On the other hand, there are a lot of people like me that are going to somebody else's house, so my house will be 100% dark for a few hours when it might not otherwise be.

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Response to Travis_0004 (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:14 PM

3. Yes, a pretty meaningless statistic

but perfect for a day when weightier issues don't seem to hold much sway.

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Response to wtmusic (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:09 PM

2. Thanks for the fun fact!

I'm contributing to the drawdown by watching the game with others which leaves my home in the dark (except for the fridge of course).

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Response to JimDandy (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:16 PM

4. Maybe in some of the millions of SB parties today

we'll get a few people talking about ridesharing to work this week. One can only hope...

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:30 PM

7. This stat can get the ball rolling (not on the field!), though

as in 'if we can conserve energy like this unintentionally, imagine what we could all accomplish intentionally'.

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Response to JimDandy (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:39 PM

9. I think that is likely to be the real cause of the energy drop

More people gathered in single places like a friends house or a bar to watch the game.

Lots of houses with the lights out.

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Response to obxhead (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:51 PM

11. I'm hoping so

because a vacuum delayed must be obeyed another day. No energy savings there.

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Response to wtmusic (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:24 PM

5. I read a bit once about halftime water use spikes.

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Response to Robb (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:30 PM

6. According to one source, up about 13% during the game

"Superbowl Sunday is synonymous with big gatherings of people, lots of food, plenty of drinks, and yes, you guessed itÖtons of plumbing problems! But do these plumbing problems really have to deal with the Superbowl? Well, the answer is a perplexing YES AND NO.

Last year, Superbowl Sunday 2012, most municipal water districts saw a water usage spike of nearly 13% throughout the game (primarily during halftime and immediately following the final seconds)...."

http://danielcordovaplumbing.com/2013/the-dirty-plumbing-facts-about-superbowl-sunday/

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Response to wtmusic (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:51 PM

8. I'm watching Downton Abbey fwiw...LOL...

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:48 PM

10. Oh we have a Super Bowl snubber in the house!

Heeehe.

Actually, I'll be watching DA too, just delayed, so no spiling the beans, ya hear me!

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 02:22 PM

12. puppy bowl in my household at least once

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Response to wtmusic (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 03:33 PM

13. a lot of people gather to watch the game together

a lot of houses are empty and heated less during the game, because people are gathered in big groups watching the game.

that's my hypothesis.

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #13)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 03:43 PM

14. Makes sense to me.

Maybe the awareness will help "efficiency in numbers" spread to other activities.

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Response to wtmusic (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 09:57 PM

15. well it didn't help keep the lights on in the Super Dome n/t

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