Karen Hopkins, Us Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BT discussed on 60-Second Science
This is scientific Americans, sixty seconds, science. I'm Karen Hopkins, all the rise and technology, particularly for information and communication is radically transforming lifestyles. For example, many people can now work from home and still be an almost constant contact with the office, or maybe you prefer your own couch for watching a recently released movie rather than trekking to the local Theater. This technology used lifestyle changes ethic POW, be Blue consume energy, and ultimately ethic. The unity demand off the nation, a Chauque say car A post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas Austin to assess how are changing Use of technology might alter our energy. Consumption sake are in his colleagues. First set out to determine how much more We're in our homes than we were in the past. For more than a decade. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has surveyed how American spend their time each day more than eleven thousand citizens respond to the survey each. Cheer grunting the numbers from this survey, The researchers found that Americans are definitely logging more hours in their living-rooms when compared to two thousand three the year 2000 fellow Americans spent eight days moored at home that seven fewer days spent in non-residential spaces And one less day spent traveling per year. Can that's on average, the younger generation exhibited even stronger home buddy tendencies. The population aged eighteen to twenty four spin Greeks motor home and glucose and twelve compatible doesn't The to seventy percent higher chains than the average population in that shift in location translates into surprisingly large energy savings. The researchers calculate that Americans are reducing energy used by one thousand two hundred trillion BT use by not hopping in our cars and were saving a thousand trillion BT used by skipping public appearances at the mall movie theaters and the office. The study is in the Journal Jewell. That's J O U L E, which like the b- to you is a unit of energy. Now, obviously, we still use energy while at home, but not all activities are equally draining when it comes to our dependence on the power grid activities at home, an avid sticks lists, energy, put Munich comebacker fame spend in your car or commercial buildings to save even more energy sake, or suggests we focus on improving the energy efficiency of home appliances than consumer electronics. The stuff we use more one were working from home all day in our pajamas. Let's see. We even save the energy. We'd otherwise expand getting dressed. Thanks for listening for scientific Americans, sixty seconds, science. I'm Karen Hopkins.