Ah, the Big Game. The commercials. The snacks. The five hours of television on a Sunday. It’s definitely a huge deal, and it takes quite a bit of power to, well, power it—from keeping the stadium lights lit to the halftime show production filled with giant speakers, amps, and fireworks to boot. But, as it turns out, there have been some pretty significant changes to the way modern football stadiums are energized—and I’m not talking about the enthusiasm beaming from the fans.
When it comes to keeping football stadiums abuzz, alternative and renewable energy comes into play. The NFL is tackling new energy solutions, and so can you. Football’s Big Game has a big impact on power usage around the world, but the best, most reliable electricity companies are on your team when it comes to affordable options for lighting up your big screen on Sundays.
Powering up the Big Game
If you watched the last Big Game, you know that something of that size must consume quite a bit of power—but how much, exactly? The 2016 event was held in Santa Clara, California at the Levi’s Stadium, where the San Francisco 49ers play. That stadium features a green roof with 1,186 solar panels working in tandem with additional panels on the pedestrian bridge leading into the building.
Levi’s Stadium then self-consumes all the solar electricity it generates. Some of the low-end estimates say a hosting stadium burns 10 megawatts per hour, or 50 megawatts over the course of the game. At an average national rate of $110 per megawatt-hour, that comes out to a grand total of $5,500.
That’s quite a bit of power, but where the real energy burn sets in is much further away from the action on the field: it’s actually in the homes of all the fans watching on their TVs. That’s right, your trusty friend the television is the biggest user of electricity during the Big Game, especially since most Americans tend to watch on the biggest, brightest one they can get their eyes on.
Energy Impacts at Home
On average, a high definition television consumes 125 watts of energy each hour. With the game running about 5 hours, that’s 625 watts. Oh, and don’t forget all the energy the house was using cooking up snacks and appetizers, lights on everywhere, playing some music to set the party vibe, and phones charging so you can compare stats with Uncle Rick. When it’s all said and done, it’ll likely increase the amount of power used per home to 1,250 watts.
Now, consider that 30 million homes across the face of this planet are watching, from kick off to the water bucket being dumped on someone’s head. That’s a total of 37,500 megawatt-hours, which, again at an average of $110 per megawatt-hour, adds up to a worldwide cost of $4,125,000 of consumed energy on game day. You’d have to win a whole lot of office football pools to even make a dent in a number like that.
A New Way to Play
So, what can an energy conscious football fan do? A couple quick fixes are turning off unnecessary lights during the game, lowering the brightness on your TV, or barbecuing out back. You could try turning off the TV altogether during the commercials—although you may find some guests are only there for the commercials.
Instead, what about less off-putting ways to soften the price of power used—maybe something non-conventional, modern, and a bit outside the mainstream? New approaches to power are making waves for many electric consumers. Have you heard of third party energy suppliers? If not, you should know they can be a friendlier, more dependable alternative to the old-school utility companies.
Third party energy suppliers can be a bit confusing to most people. They work alongside utility companies, power producers, and consumers, so what team are they playing for? You’ll be happy to hear they’re are on your team, providing you with long-term fixed rates, budget control, and price protection. Retail energy providers have become a competitive opponent to the utility companies and will have your back with:
- Fixed rates: One of the primary reasons most people switch from the standard utilities to third party suppliers is that the energy rate is fixed for a specific period of time, so there are no surprises. Fluctuation is based on your usage, not per unit price.
- Personalized products: Third party suppliers offer an array of different products to consumers. Options include green or renewable energy, bundled products like electricity with natural gas or LED lighting, and even air filter delivery. Think of them as the player that can run with the ball, catch the ball, and even throw a great pass. They’re the running back, wide receiver, and quarterback all in one!
- Exceptional customer service: Another benefit to working with a third party electric supplier is that they pride themselves on providing great customer service and always strive to create a worry-free experience for each customer. They’re in a competitive market, and if one doesn’t have the lowest rates around, they can win customers over with a super friendly staff that won’t quit until you’re happy with the service. That’s a team I want to root for.
Flexibility, dependability, and personalized service—these are important to us here at Liberty Power. So, the next time your Sunday is spent watching football, and telling your buddies that the quarterback should be doing some things differently, consider how you can do things differently too when it comes to your electric bill. It’s time to join our team—no tryouts required.
You. Us. #PowerfulTogether
Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Kristi Machado