If you plan to spend the holidays curled up under the covers binge-watching Orange Is the New Black or Jessica Jones, we’ve got some bad news for you: All of that streaming uses a ton of energy. Streaming an hour of video on your smartphone weekly uses more energy over the course of the year than two refrigerators. We have data centers and their humming servers to thank for sucking up all that electricity.
But there is a silver lining to cloud computing: Many large tech companies, like Google and Facebook, use renewable energies to power their servers. So we can feel a little better when our plan of watching one episode quickly turns into eight.
(h/t The Atlantic)