Americans are using less energy by staying at home

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Americans are using less energy — paradoxically, by spending more time indoors, according to a new study in the journal¬†Joule. But researchers point out that keeping more lights on was offset by lifestyle changes that kept people inside instead of roaming around offices and retail stores — like, say, online shopping and working from home. Despite energy consumption worldwide increasing every year, this slight uptick in American hermitage¬†reduced¬†national energy demand by 1.8 percent over a year.