However In Japan, homeowners are rushing for the convenience of the all-electric home as the population ages. "Electricity is safe, comfortable and clean," said Ken Hasegawa, manager at commodities futures broker Himawari CX. "Driving to gas stations to buy kerosene and returning home is not easy if you're over 60." A combination of more efficient cars, shrinking population and increasing use of electricity is leading to a significant reduction in oil imports. The flip side, of course, is an increase in electricity demand; coal consumption has doubled in the last five years to meet it.
But you can't burn coal at home; it has to be centralized. Will "live better electrically" jingles be heard again over here as energy security trumps global warming? ::Reuters