The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (www.eia.gov) new Today in Energy brief looks at the decrease in number of televisions in the average U.S. household.
“Results from the U.S Energy Information Administration’s most recent Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) show that an average of 2.3 televisions were used in American homes in 2015, down from an average of 2.6 televisions per household in 2009. The number of homes with three or more televisions declined from the previous survey conducted in 2009, and a larger share of households reported not using a television at all. Televisions and peripheral equipment such as cable boxes, digital video recorders (DVRs), and video game consoles account for about 6% of all electricity consumption in U.S. homes.”–EIA
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Residential Energy Consumption Surveys
The Today in Energy brief was posted Tuesday on EIA’s website at: http://www.eia.gov/
Alternatives to Television
Most families I know have smartphones and tablets in addition to televisions. For me personally I work all day and I rarely watch television during the week. When we are on the go we are watching streaming video via our phones and tablets and we have access to streaming content providers such as NetFlix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and many more other services. There is also YouTube and Facebook Live and other forms of entertainment besides Cable Television so while I am not an expert I can understand this downward trend in the number of televisions per household. We just have other alternatives for entertainment beyond television.
So what do you think is contributing to the decline of televisions in your household? I know many people have cut the cord on cable television altogether and that may be a contributing factor.