Super Bowl XLV: Big Game, Big Screens, Big Power User (Infographic)
The NFL and Arlington, the host city, have taken steps to make this the greenest Super Bowl ever. The Super Bowl facility, including the stadium, the media center, the team hotels and the NFL Super Bowl headquarters hotel, all use renewable energy certificates to “green” the electricity usage, according to GE Reports.
Cowboys' Stadium is already one of the most eco-friendly sports venues in the world, powered by GE lighting and electrical distribution equipment.
One of the biggest users of energy during the Super Bowl is that monster flat screen in your family room. With pre-game, post-game and all the commercials, GE figured that the average TV will be on five hours during the game.
GE calculated the amount of energy those TVs will use to watch the game for five hours would meet the electrical needs of Dallas, Pittsburgh and Green Bay for 10 hours. That’s twice as long as the game.
Who knew? And more important, how can you know?
My 55-inch LCD has a huge indicator light that glows red when the TV is off, and blue when it’s on. I didn’t notice that feature in the store before I brought it home. A much smaller indicator light would have sufficed and consumed less power. I’d love to figure out how much that useless red light costs me every day. Not to mention knowing how much the family uses watching several hours of TV per day.
Fortunately GE, along with many other companies, are working to provide us with real-time energy monitoring in our homes so we can tell how much juice we’re actually using. I’m looking forward to being able to track how much electricity our appliances use, and how much it costs when the kids leave the lights on in the bathroom.
While you’re watching the Packers defeat the Steelers on Sunday (My prediction, for what it’s worth) you’ll be part of the energy consumption problem. But with the proper tools you and I can be part of the solution.
How do you think energy monitoring would change your energy use habits? Let us know in the comments, Facebook or Twitter.
Click the Big Game, Big Screens, Big Power Superbowl infographic below to see the full size image.
Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.www