You’ll learn a lot about American and world energy use in this post from Payless Power.
Thanks for continuing to visit our blog! This week, you’re going to learn some amazing energy savings facts and stats.
- If your hot water faucet leaks one drop per second, you waste 165 gallons per month, and 1,980 per year
- Up to 30% of the cold air escapes from your fridge every time you open the door
- About 30% of all energy used in buildings goes to waste, or could be used more efficiently
- CFLs use 75% less energy than incandescent light bulbs
- In the US, we use 23% of the world’s energy, but have just 5% of the world’s population
- At the beginning of civilization, a typical person used 12,000 kilocalories each day. In 1400, that nearly doubled to 26,000. After the Industrial Revolution, that tripled to 77,000. In 1975, it was 230,000!
- Google uses enough energy to continuously power 200,000 homes
- The US is the largest producer of nuclear-generated electricity in the world. About 1/3 of our electricity comes from nuclear plants. About 50% of our electricity comes from coal plants.
- American hospitals consume more energy than just about any type of building on the planet.
- Lighting makes up about 20% of our electricity consumption.
- Burning coal to produce electricity in America releases more carbon dioxide than all cars and trucks combined.
- 75% of the electricity used in the average American home to power home electronics gets used when those devices are off.
- The world’s largest energy consumer and carbon dioxide emitter isn’t the US. It’s China!
- When did Americans first have electricity? Thomas Edison delivered it to 85 buildings with his Pearl Street Power Station in 1882. People were afraid at first, and wouldn’t let their children near the lights!
- What’s our main renewable energy source? It’s not wind, solar, or geothermal power. It’s hydropower (water).
- Nearly half of the world’s gas gets burned in the US.
- US consumers waste nearly $300 billion per year in energy. Inefficient appliances, drafty doors and windows, poor insulation, and other preventable causes are the main culprits.
- If you yelled continuously for 8 years, 7 months, and 6 days, you would make enough energy to heat exactly one cup of coffee!
- Energy costs have risen 7x the average household income since 2004.