According to a press release describing the new ball: "...the entire Times Square Ball will be lit with approximately the same amount of electricity as it takes to power ten toasters or a single oven/range." Talk about a meaningless comparison! And an extremely odd choice, given that a toaster, which takes useful work and turns it into heat, is a perfect inverse Carnot Cycle -- not exactly a poster child for the green movement! When I was a kid, my family rang in New Year's in an extremely environmentally friendly way: We'd bring out the pots and pans and bang them together at midnight. Decidedly low tech, I know, but I have extremely fond memories of the ensuing racket!