Boomers Suck up the Energy

Updated: Apr 9, 2020

Guest Blogger Clem Samuels - Boomer - Minneapolis, MN


Several times in the past few months I have over heard a number of retirees comment on how fortunate they feel being the age they are. The main reason they give for feeling that way is climate change and the idea that they won't have to "deal with it."


Wow!


No recognition that the climate is changing due in part by the way they lived their younger lives, or that as they age they use even more of the world's resources. 


In study done by Hossein Estiri and Emileo Zagheni, published in the September 2019 issue of Energy Research and Social science, they found that the lowest energy usage was by young adults,( smaller homes, less but more efficient appliances and power items).


Usage went up in the 30-54 age group due to larger houses, multiple people living in a dwelling, and all that involves mid-life and families.


Energy use stabilized in the 54 to 70 age group, but started to increase after age 70, and kept increasing as people aged. The trend of increased energy use by the elderly continued even when income and housing types were factored in.


But energy use by those older people varied by geography. The research showed "energy consumption in warmer regions became really elevated for the older group." It seems older people have more of a need for air conditioning. Their houses may not be as efficient and their appliances tend to be older and less efficient.


More warm days are coming. and coming to a larger area. There will be more energy used by older people, and, with the population aging, there will be more people in that age group. The hotter it gets the more stress there is on the body.