US uses more energy on Christmas lights than some nations do all year

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US Uses More Energy on Christmas Lights Than Some Nations Do All Year

​Overall, the amount of electricity used to power Christmas lights in the U.S. each year is pretty minimal; Just 6.6 billion kilowatt hours — or 0.2 percent — of our yearly electricity consumption.

But that's more than a lot of countries use in an entire year.

For instance, El Salvador only uses 5.7 billion kilowatt hours a year, Honduras uses 5.1 billion, Cambodia uses 3.6 billion — and Nepal uses even less at 3.3 billion.

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US uses more energy on Christmas lights than some nations do all year
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A hallway is decorated during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A chocolate gingerbread house is on display in the State Dining Room during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
A decorated hall is seen at the White House during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor in Washington, DC, on December 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: First lady Michelle Obama speaks to children during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A chandelier is reflected in a decorated mirror during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A chocolate gingerbread house is on display in the State Dining Room during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: First Lady Michelle Obama talks with children during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A decrorated 18' tree stands in the Blue Room during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A piano is played during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A portrait of former President John F. Kennedy is seen near decorations during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: First Lady Michelle Obama talks with children during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: Ornaments are on display in the State Dining Room during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: Ornaments are on display in the State Dining Room during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: The Red Room is decorated during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A decrorated 18' tree stands in the Blue Room during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: Ornaments are on display in the State Dining Room during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: First lady Michelle Obama walks into the East Room to speak with children during a preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: The State Dining Room is decorated during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: The State Dining Room is decorated during first ady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: A member for the US Secret Service walks past snow men decorations during first lady Michelle Obama's preview of the 2015 holiday decor at the White House December 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the first lady welcomed military families to the White House for the first viewing of the 2015 holiday decorations. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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The Center for Global Development recently released a report on the world's electricity consumption. NPR spoke with one of the report's authors, Todd Moss, who said he's not trying to ruin Christmas by bringing up the disparity. Instead, he says he wants to draw attention to the fact that poorer countries are under a lot of pressure to use renewable energy, but their current needs outstrip what renewable energy can provide.

Moss told NPR: "It's pretty rich for me to sit in Washington, D.C., and tell Ghana they can't build one natural gas power plant. ... A country can't become wealthy or even middle class without consuming a lot more energy."

The World Bank Group backs up the idea that energy equals power. The organization's data shows that every country with an income per capita above $10,000 uses at least 3,880 kilowatt hours per person every year.

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