Whaddya know, a good news story! They're rare these days, so consider this an early New Year's gift. Or loan. Or momentary indulgence.
The L.A. Times is reporting that even though homes are getting larger and larger, household energy use is getting smaller and smaller. At least that's what government stats are showing, and that's good enough for me:
The reason: energy features built into newer homes. New houses are better insulated, so they use less energy to heat and cool. The appliances are more efficient, and people living in even the biggest houses tend to be more aware of the environment and energy waste.
Improvements in the efficiency of the building envelope, space heating, air conditioning, refrigerators and other appliances have all led to decreased consumption per household, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Specifically, double- or triple-pane energy-efficient windows have been a factor, as have have Energy Star refrigerators and Energy Star clothes washers. So have caulking and weatherstripping to seal cracks and air leaks, better insulation, and energy-efficient compact fluorescent or light-emitting diode lights.
Keep up the good work, America, conservation works... no matter what the GOP tries to sell/tell you.