By the time a typical JouleBug earns the Smarty Pants badge they will be saving about 370 watts. So, when we get to a million players, that will be more that 370 MegaWatts. That’s a lot of bug juice!
There are still around 50 coal fired power plants online that were built before 1940. It stands to reason that given their age, they are dirtier. Doing a little adding and dividing, our savings could be responsible for taking 36 of the oldest power plants off line.
We don’t personally know the folks that burn dirty coal but we assume if we stop buying thier product they will stop making it, especially since you can’t put it on a shelf like you can your badges.
So tell your friends what you’re up to: Retiring Dirty Coal Plants.