Red tape can add up: Local permitting and inspection add $0.50 per watt, or $2,516 per residential install, to the cost of solar.
The US's electricity generation fuel mix is Coal 45%, Natural Gas 24%, Nuclear 20%, Hydropower 6%, Other Renewable 4%, Petroleum 1%.
26 percent of energy used in homes is for lighting and other appliances
Organic farms use as much as one-third less fossil fuels than their conventional counterparts, and can sequester carbon!
41% of energy used in the home is for space heating, which is the #1 energy user in our homes.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
Cooling water discharged from a coal or nuclear plant is hotter--by an average of 17°F in summer--than when it entered the plant.
It takes 520 million MWh of electricity per year to move, treat and heat water in the U.S. this is 13% of the total U.S. electrical consumption.
The United States led the world with $48.1 billion in clean energy investments in 2011.
About 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the US. One more reason to go Meatless Monday!
Natural gas is the largest source of energy produced in the US followed by coal, oil, renewable and nuclear. (As of 2011)
Of all sources of energy consumed in the United States, oil provides the largest share at 36 percent.
The earth receives 1500 times as much energy than humans use from the sun each day.
The US imports about half of oil consumed.
Between 1950 and 2003, the fossil fuel industry raked in 75 percent of federal government energy development incentives.