If you’re a U.S. citizen, you might want to tone down their Christmas lights from now onwards.
As per a recent blogpost on Center for Global Development revealed how American households use more electrical energy during the holiday season than many poor nations consume annually.
“A 2008 study from the US Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) found that decorative seasonal lights accounted for 6.6 billion kilowatt hours of electricity consumption every year in the United States,” wrote Todd Moss, a fellow at the Center for Global Development.
“That’s just 0.2% of the country’s total electricity usage, but it could run 14 million refrigerators. It’s also more than the national electricity consumption of many developing countries, such as El Salvador, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nepal, or Cambodia.”
In a separate interview with NPR, Moss stated the research is important because developing nations are coming under increasing pressure – ironically by developed countries such as the U.S. – to switch to renewable energy.
"It's pretty rich for me to sit in Washington, D.C., and tell Ghana they can't build one natural gas power plant," he told NPR.
Earlier in February, the World Bank stated around one in seven people across the world has to live without electricity.
“Developing countries require more technology relevant to sustainable energy,” the World Bank report said, adding “import taxes and other non-tariff barriers often constrain their markets for clean technologies.”