Plugged-In Age Has Growing Appetite for Electricity

Americans now have about 25 consumer electronic products in every household, compared with just three in 1980.

Published: 25-Sep-2009

With two laptop-loving children and a Jack Russell terrier hemmed in by an electric fence, Peter Troast figured his household used a lot of power. Just how much did not really hit him until the night the family turned off the overhead lights at their home in Maine and began hunting gadgets that glowed in the dark.

“It was amazing to see all these lights blinking,” Mr. Troast said.

As goes the Troast household, so goes the planet.

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