Divorce is not just a family matter. It exacts a serious toll on the environment by boosting the energy and water consumption of those who used to live together, according to a study by two Michigan State University researchers.
The analysis found that cohabiting couples and families around the globe use resources more efficiently than households that have split up. The researchers calculated that in 2005, divorced American households used between 42 and 61 percent more resources per person than before they separated, spending 46 percent more per person on electricity and 56 percent more on water.
They needed a study for this? Think of the time and money they could have saved if they knew the aphorism "Two can live cheaper than one." Couples can announce to their environmentally conscience parents "We have good news. We are going to be combining water and electric bills."
This line of thought though can also be used to justify "shacking up" that they would be environmentally irresponsible if they didn’t shack up.