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Finally, an excuse to cancel all your plans: staying in is good for the environment

Americans are spending more time indoors and saving energy in the process.

More people are working remotely, saving energy in the process.

More people are working remotely, saving energy in the process.


Ellen Crupi lives in Bethesda, Maryland, but works for a startup company in Minnesota. She does everything online from sales pitches to video conferences. Working at home means she doesn’t have to dress up, wear makeup, buy new work clothes or go out to lunch. When she’s not working, she also shops online, and streams movies and concerts. “Not having to drive or get on an airplane saves me über amounts of time, and that lets me spend it doing more important things,” she said.

Crupi, 52, is one of a growing number movie theater attendance and retail stores, there is an upside: America’s couch potatoes are putting a serious dent in energy use outside the home.

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