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Energy use plummets on Super Bowl Sunday, study finds

NBC -- As millions of Americans huddle around TVs with friends and family this Sunday to watch the Super Bowl, they’ll neglect their laundry, skip vacuuming the carpet and abandon just about anything else that requires electricity, according to a new study. As a result, energy usage will plummet.

During the 2012 Super Bowl, which ranked as the most watched television broadcast in U.S. history with 111.3 million viewers, energy usage dropped 5 percent in the Western U.S. and 3.8 percent in the East, energy software company Opower reported.

The drop in energy consumption is the result of "two related phenomena," he told NBC News.

"One is the fact that we are exclusively focusing our attention in one room, on one appliance, at the expense of doing other energy using activities. Number two is we a


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wamster
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 1:20:00 AM

Although water and sewer providers will be on duty. Millions of toilets flushing at the same time during half time put a strain on the system.
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leeac
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:13:53 AM

Screw football. I'm glad I have better thins to do with my precious time.
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:55:20 PM


Who wooda thunk! I'm with ExplorerWA!
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:38:45 PM

Interesting........I'll be joining that group.
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bston
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:15:27 PM

The energy savings is spent elsewhere; bringing in pizzas, wings & other grub they consume during this event. A complete waste of time.
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SVmike
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 2:46:54 PM

Let's have a superbowl every week
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gknee09
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:51:07 AM

very interesting
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Norm10
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:52:33 AM

Does this include all the increased toilet flushing from the additional beer and junk food people consume?
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gafgar
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:38:56 AM

who paid for this stupid study?
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fora_7
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:35:09 AM

That is why so much money is spent on advertisement.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:21:08 AM

well then gas prices should drop. no cars or trucks will b running.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:20:34 AM

Interesting bit of trivia
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:10:56 AM

That is an interesting statistic. I will come more to believing it if I see it repeated for a few more years.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:09:04 AM

Makes sense
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merlinCO
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 10:02:17 AM

More Football!
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:56:05 AM

Easy to believe....
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:53:30 AM

We should have more super bowls :)

And as more and more people have the LCD TVs the power to run the TV set is going down too.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:49:35 AM

Fascinating!
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MikeMotorhead
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:45:32 AM

Hope it causes fuel prices to drop, but I doubt it.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:45:00 AM

what about the spike a couple of hours advance of the game when everybody is preparing for and driving to parties?
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:43:38 AM

What about all the energy used the day before getting your weekly chores done early so we can watch the game on Sunday?????
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:43:15 AM

Why can't we do this everyday?
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:42:39 AM

And after the game?
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:42:25 AM

will this reduce gas price?
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:42:02 AM

Then, energy use catches up the next day.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:41:39 AM

so what
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:40:16 AM

Not really newsworthy.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:40:14 AM

priorities rule EVERYDAY.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:39:46 AM

Soooooooooooooooo.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:38:54 AM

One more aspect of the incredible SB hype.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:38:41 AM

So it goes up before the game and down during the game. Somebody was desperate for an article.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:38:09 AM

Superbowl is a great excuse for a party day.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:36:44 AM

fuel, everyone flushes whether we're watching a game or not.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:36:36 AM

Not only that, it is the largest sales day of the year for guacamole.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:36:22 AM

I guess i'll watch the SB, it's an excuse to overeat a bunch of junk and get drunk. No, maybe i won't after all.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:35:36 AM

What about water use when everyone flushes.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:34:50 AM

surprised?
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:34:49 AM

predicting the future. I love articles like this which mean nothing and serve no useful purpose.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:34:31 AM

A lot of speculation. No mention that they aren't driving their cars.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:33:43 AM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:33:08 AM

Newsworthy?
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bart_reed
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:32:38 AM

And water for toilets use goes up.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:31:22 AM

cool
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:30:42 AM

Ok
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Ram4Sam
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:29:26 AM

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.................
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:29:24 AM

Seriously??
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40mpgsaturn
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:29:23 AM

Energy use down & water use up?
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Spirits
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:29:16 AM

I guess to save energy we need more super bowls.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:29:14 AM

what about all the juice those big screens are drawing?
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:29:01 AM

I could have gotten the same conclusion with only the data 111.3 million viewers. Nobody does the dishes or other things during the super bowl.
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:28:55 AM

Energy use skyrockets day after Super Bowl ... as millions of Americans attempt to clean up the mess left from the previous day and catch up on laundry and other household chores.
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