According to the Energy Information Association (EIA), home energy consumption continues to decrease for the third year in a row. This can be attributed to many things: more energy-efficient appliances and lighting options, and new building codes requiring better sealed homes to reduce heated and air-conditioned air losses.
Many articles have been recently written on this topic, including one by Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press energy reporter. In addition to increased energy efficiency, he mentioned that the switch to mobile devices likely has positive effects on decreased energy usage. Desktops are being replaced with laptops, tablets, and smartphones, all of which consume less energy and have prolonged battery life.
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