Millions of Americans use utilities every single day of the year, which is why energy conservation is such a popular subject amongst those who pay said utility bills. The crazy part is that only about 10% of the United States total energy consumption in 2015 comes from renewable energy sources, or about 9.7 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu).
To elaborate, the amount of zeros in one quadrillion is 15. That is 9,700,000,000,000,000 BTU created from renewable energy. Over half of all renewable energy produced in the U.S. is done so for electricity. A full 13% of total U.S. electricity generation production comes from renewable energy as of 2015.
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Over 150 years ago, wood supplied almost the entirety of the nation's energy needs. Almost 90% of the total energy requirements across the United States were met by wood at that point in time. Coming back into the modern era, it is gladdening to see the changes resulting from innovation.
Energy saving tips are definitely one of the areas that have experienced vast changes through the developing years. Solar energy might be described as a modern marvel. Annually solar energy users are facilitating personal power generation. Through their own investments, they work towards energy savings. Around 75 million barrels of oil are saved annually by solar users.
Hydro-power is another modern marvel in regards to power generation. It accounts for about 6% of the total electricity generated in the U.S. As renewable energy, it is a much larger segment as it is responsible for 46% of all renewable generation nationwide.
How To Save Energy
The local utility provider can only benefit from educating their customers in knowing about energy consumption. An important aspect of consumption is conservation. There are a number of ways that a modern consumer can take in order to work towards their own long-term financial savings.
- Insulation is a perfect example of ensuring the security of a property. Making sure that the right kind and amounts are in the walls and ceilings can save up to between 20% and 30% of heating bills, and even reduce CO2 emissions between 140 and 2,100 pounds per year.
- Lowering the thermostat by just two degrees during cold weather months can save as much as 6% of heating-related CO2 emissions. Annually this produces reductions of property emissions by around 420 pounds.
- Make sure to install a programmable thermostat in order to capitalize on heating and cooling costs as well.; up to 10% can be saved by this installation.
- Assuring that air leaks are sealed and equipment is maintained up to 20% on heating and cooling can also be recovered.
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