Just when you thought every single aspect of Internet usage had already been analyzed to death comes a new study comparing your household energy consumption to your email domain.
Energy firm oPower studied 40 million U.S. households and concluded AOL users use 7 percent more power than Yahoo Mail users — 18.5 percent more than Gmail users.
Analyzing why is where things get fun.
AOL users tend to live in larger homes in the suburbs, and often own more than one DVR, a device famous for its knack of guzzling phantom power.
Gmail users, on the other hand, are more likely single, living in smaller spaces and spending more time outside of their homes.