Lewis W. Diuguid

Electricity use in U.S. continues to decline

Updated: 2014-01-01T23:19:56Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

Electronic use in the United States is headed in the right direction — down.

It’s a good thing because it means fewer fossil fuel or nuclear power plants will have to be added to keep up with consumer demand. The addition of wind and solar power will continue to grow to meet people’s needs.

Electricity consumption has dropped to levels not seen since 2001 because of the push since the 1970s for more energy efficient housing, lights, appliances and electronic devices.

Power use was projected to decline for the third year in a row to 10,819 kilowatt-hours per household, the Energy Information Administration reports. It averaged 10,535 kwh in 2001. It peaked at 11,504 kwh in 2010, The Associated Press reports.

Household electricity and other energy consumption has to continue to decline. It will be good for the planet, reducing global warming and benefiting the health of U.S. citizens.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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