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TVs Tuned to the Super Bowl Could Power 3 Cities for 10 Hours

February 02, 2011

With the “Powering the Home” phase of GE’s $200 million ecomagination Challenge in full swing, the ecomagination team is taking a look at the energy usage of a gadget that’s indispensableeco — at least for this Sunday: your Super Bowl-tuned TV.

The big game this weekend outside of Dallas, Texas is estimated to be the most attended (over 100,000), most watched (more than 158.5 million) as well as the most eco-friendly Super Bowl ever. But your house is a different matter.

Jack Groh, Director, NFL Environmental Program, told GE Reports: “Our goal each year is to find new and better ways to make Super Bowl events green. Two specific areas that have expanded this year are the urban forestry project and the use of renewable energy at event facilities. There were more than a dozen major tree plantings in all of the twelve North Texas Super Bowl cities.

“We also made the largest green energy deal in Super Bowl history with every major Super Bowl facility — including the stadium, the media center, the team hotels and the NFL Super Bowl headquarters hotel — all using renewable energy certificates to ‘green’ the electricity usage.”

And it’s not just the NFL that will be “greener” this year. The stadium itself will be too, as Cowboys’ Stadium is one of the most environmentally friendly sports venues in the world. GE’s energy-efficient lighting and electrical distribution equipment also is powering the brand new high-tech stadium.

But the real energy consumption from this year’s Super Bowl will happen in households across America. As you can see in our info-graphic below, the amount of energy that home TVs will use to watch the Super Bowl is enough to meet the energy needs of Dallas, Green Bay, and Pittsburgh combined for the whole broadcast, twice over.

The good news is that new tools are appearing every day to better manage power consumption — and even more ideas are grabbing the spotlight as evidenced by the ideas submitted to the “Powering Your Home Challenge.”

Getting thirsty: The data used in this visualization was calculated using television statistics published by Nielsen, geographical statistics published by the Energy Information Administration, electronics information published by ABS Alaskan, and population numbers provided by the U.S. Census.

Graphic: Frog Design, Edelman and GreenOrder.