By Steve LomasTechCrunch In the last few years, energy consumption has gotten significantly worse for tech companies.
In 2015, the average American consumed roughly 6.6 kWh per day, compared to about 3.9 kWh in 2000, according to data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Now, with the advent of smartphones, more and more companies are turning to energy efficient devices like smartphones, tablets, computers, and even home appliances.
And the trend has only been going up.
A new report released today by the Center for American Progress found that average American households are now using over 50% less energy in 2016 than they did in 2015.
That’s good news, because it means that tech companies are actually creating jobs here in the United States.
The EIA estimates that energy consumption in the US dropped 6.5% between 2015 and 2016, but the impact on jobs has only gotten worse.
The report estimates that 3.5 million jobs were lost in 2016 alone due to the impact of automation on the economy.
“It’s an important time for us to look at the ways that we can create jobs,” said Michael Grubb, who heads up the Center’s Global Economy and Jobs Initiative.
“And it’s also important to look how we can better harness the energy that is being produced and used by the American people.”
The Center’s study found that more than 90% of Americans are now either working or studying at home.
In order to achieve this goal, the Center estimates that companies must find ways to make more efficient devices and appliances.
“In the past, companies could take one-off changes like adding more power to the home, but those sorts of changes can become a burden for companies as well as the consumer,” Grubb said.
“With the advent a new generation of smart technologies and appliances, it is critical to find solutions that allow us to get the most out of them.”
To get a better idea of how companies are using their energy, the EIA analyzed the energy use of nearly 50,000 American households between 2011 and 2016.
It found that energy efficiency in the home was the number one reason companies went to zero-carbon energy, with nearly half of all homes reporting zero energy usage.
“Energy efficiency is often measured by the number of days of energy savings achieved,” said Matt Pomerantz, EIA’s director of energy efficiency and sustainability.
“But when it comes to energy efficiency, we’re also measuring the time it takes to get to zero energy consumption.”
To see how efficiency is measured across the U.S., the Eia analyzed data from over 400 cities.
Cities include Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. The data was weighted to be representative of the U: “A city is a geographic area that includes one or more contiguous contiguous states, plus a small number of cities in the U.-S.
territory that border the U-S.,” the report said.
To see which cities use the most energy, Eia took into account three key factors: