U.S. Consumes More Energy Than Many Countries For Christmas Lights

R. Siva Kumar
December 30, 2015 11:02 AM EST

Christmas may be a blaze of happiness, but the lights in American households have used more electricity than a number of underdeveloped countries, according to scienceworldreport.

Lights here consume about 6.63 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, according to a news release as well as a blog posted by the Center for Global Development.

On the other hand, Ethiopia consumes 5.30 billion kilowatt hours, while El Salvador uses 5.35 billion and Tanzania uses 4.81 billion.

Moreover, the 6.63 billion kilowatt hours used by U.S. Christmas lights represents just 0.2 percent of the US annual energy consumption. This could be translated as powering 14 million refrigerators.

The findings are determined by Todd Moss and Priscilla Agyapong, with data from a 2008 US Department of Energy report  as well as the World Bank.

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