We have more gadgets today than ever, but the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently reported a seven-percent dip in electricity costs per person since the beginning of this decade. And that includes a three-percent decrease per household.
How does all that add up?
Kevin Jarzomski, a senior energy modeler and projector for the EIA, told Circa that, despite there being more gadgets in households, the shrinking size and growing of efficiency of said gadgets has helped sink electricity bills across the board.
"Desktop computers are being replaced by laptop computers, tablets and smartphones ... As the devices get smaller, they tend to consume less energy," he explained.
The activity of watching energy-hungry TV sets has also been on a steady decline since 2010, with media consumption on tablets and small computers replacing it.
On top of all that, thanks to the growth of services like iCloud and Google Drive, consumers aren’t footing as much of the power bill for computer storage and processing.
Jarzomski also said the advancements of efficient appliances and federal energy conservation policies have also helped to negate the electricity chewed up by this decade’s new crop of smart devices.
Of course, if household gadget growth expands too far, today’s power savings formula might not hold up for long, Jarzomski warned.
"You don't know what the next thing to be electrified could be ... There was a time when toothbrushes were just toothbrushes, but now they’re Bluetooth and WiFi enabled and they’re consuming electricity."