Around the world, divorce rates have been increasing. Now, one expert proclaims divorcing is not being resourceful!
“A married household actually uses resources more efficeintly than a divoriced household.”
Need examples? A household uses the same amount of heat or AC no matter if there are 2 or 4 people living in it. One person or several people will use just one refigerator. And two people in two seperate houses will cause 2 dishwashers to run. Two people share the same stove, watch the same TV, listen to the same radio and use the same lights.
The impact is big.
In 2005, there were 16.5 million divorced people who headed their own household. This means $6.9 billion in extra utility costs annually, in addition to the extra $3.6 billion for water.
Liu also studied other countries. By looking at 11 of them, which included Brazil, Greece, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Mexico and South Africa, he determined married couples could have saved energy. In fact, he determined there could have been a million fewer housholds using water and energy in the 11 countries.