#1127 – Currently

I wonder what the graph looks like that shows daily household electricity use ove the decades. There are 12 devices in my immediate field of view plugged in as I type this. I can remember as a kid having an entire room with just a single desk lamp being the only thing hungry for juice. Many of my individual devices use less power than equivalent ones from years back but the sheer number of them have multiplied.

Part of the reason that book #5 is so much bigger than the previous ones is this time I drew 12 brand new pages of bonus comics. It’s a bonus bonanza!

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13 thoughts on “#1127 – Currently”

  1. Mad David says:

    Well, *most* of the environment. Also, either he’s got a really small house, or that’s a *really* large plug attached to the solar collecter.

    I imagine electricity usage per person has gone up over the past fifty years, but not as much as you’d expect. The increase in gadgetry is significantly offset by the increase in efficiency of most household appliances.

  2. howlslikewolf says:

    I notice everything under the solar collector is DEAD! Dead tree, dead grass, dead little garden plot …

    Nicely done. Before I read the caption, I thought it was a dish, and thought “Biff has the ‘tree of shame!'”

  3. Gwid says:

    A timeline? Let’s just point to the dead whales illuminated by lanterns that are next to the solar-power-panel reflection of the scene 😛

    People who can’t order the books could make a competition out of adding captions to those pictures now! Muahahaha.

    On the bright side, Biff no longer has to look through that hole in the tree for drive-in-movie nights.

  4. Micah says:

    It must be green week.

  5. Chris says:

    @Micah – or brown in this case.

  6. MaskedMan says:

    @Mad David: This is *Biff* we’re talking about. Of *course* he has a size-mongo plug!

    Not just juice-hungry devices, but some of them can grow parasites of their own… I’ve got something like seven or eight USB devices plugged into my computer, all of which have internal batteries of their own…

  7. Eric says:

    Batteries have nothing on plug-in devices. Even if developers wanted more power they simply can’t hold that much. Your desk lamp probably uses more power than all your digital chargers combine. And each of your appliances 10 times as much as your desk lamp. Heck, as long as I’m using incandescent the two bulbs in my room out-do my computer.

  8. Cari says:

    @ Eric: you should switch to CFL’s

  9. SharkJumper says:

    …but not the cheapest, generic ones. Sylvania or Philips all the way. And you can’t use the standard ones with dimmers or motion sensors — those screw up the AC frequency.

  10. Mister Disco says:

    I was about to point out something science-y about the position of the sun changing, then I realized that neither Biff nor Chris cares.

  11. Chris says:

    Five points to Mister Disco!

  12. Radical Edward says:

    I would subscribe to what Biff does in this particular comic, but I live in the Pacific Northwest, far away from the sun.

    Still, I would love to just leave my electronic toys in the sun and then come by and play with them.

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