The Electric Slide: Where America’s Energy Goes

Posted on Jun 17 2014 - 12:40am by Susan Bewley

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I will freely admit, we are a tech heavy household. The unfortunate part of this is that between our toys and our bearded dragons, we consume a lot of electricity. We try to cut down where we can, but it is sometimes a problem, especially when we are looking for ways to save money and help the environment. One of the things I wish we could do is have solar panels installed on our roof, or be somewehre that had wind power. Since I’m always curious about the latest in electric technology and how people use power, I was intrigued when I saw this latest infographic on power consumption. Being something that I thought was pretty cool, I couldn’t wait to share this infographic with everyone!

The Electric Slide (Infographic) | Where Americas Energy Goes
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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

19 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Brigid OHara Koshko June 17, 2014 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Thank you for this post. I am always trying to find a way to save energy so I can keep the bills low. This explains so much. I too would like solar panels on my roof but right now there is legislation in our state government trying to pass to allow it. I hope it goes through because I would be very interested.

  2. Edna Williams June 17, 2014 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    I would also be interested in going solar, but it is just so expensive right now. Thanks for the info!

  3. Lynn C. June 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    We need to do so much better! Renewable Energy resources like solar, wind and hydroelectric power are ridiculously underused in the U.S. I’d like to see nuclear power decrease or disappear due to its deadly waste products and potential for catastrophic meltdowns. I also wish we’d move past our dependence on fossil fuels. Burning more coal and natural gas vs. oil may lighten our carbon footprint a bit, but strip mining and fracking exert a terrible toll on nature and are far from pollution-free. Keeping carbon dioxide emissions below their 2005 level simply isn’t good enough. We must reduce them further in order to slow or reverse global warming. I try to use less power at home all the time, but the onus for saving this planet’s climate also falls on corporations that have exploited natural resources and failed to adhere to the Kyoto Protocols and other best practices regarding protecting the ozone layer.

  4. Miranda McCallsiter June 17, 2014 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    It’s so informative. There’s a company working to create solar roads, called Solar Roadways. It’s pretty flipping cool. That’s where we need to invest our money and resources to help build america.

  5. Shannon June 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    This is interesting. I wish I could use alternative heating and cooling methods.

  6. Vickie Marks Allbright June 18, 2014 at 12:22 am - Reply

    i found this article very interesting and made me realize i could cut down even more than we already do on our electricity if each person just did their part we would be so much better off

  7. melisa June 18, 2014 at 7:05 am - Reply

    I love infographics, this was very interesting. My husband has been working with a solar guy for awhile now, we are serious about installing some panels. I was told that some electric companies actually give discounts if you have solar panels and can even “sell back” energy to the power company if you go over. However, the guy who lives behind us has had them for a few years now, and they don’t seem to lend as much energy as he had hoped for. It’s hard to believe that commercial is less than residential, not that residential uses little, but air conditioning is running so much more in most buildings for the majority of the day.

  8. Kristi Price June 18, 2014 at 7:56 am - Reply

    That was really interesting, thanks. I truly don’t know what the answers are but we (me & my mama are room mates) managed to get our light bill down $20 this month. I have really been focusing on keeping the ac on one setting, I heard that moving it up and down makes the bill go up, plus I have really been focusing on keeping everything turned off, or unplugged that is not needed. We used the dryer less this past month and I also thawed and cleaned our deep freeze.

    ps> on a side note – to Lynn C above, good post and when you mentioned fracking, that is scary to me, all that drilling, all I can think of is those tectonic plates (think that is what they are called)shifting around down there making us more prone for earthquakes.

  9. Sarah Elyce June 18, 2014 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    A nice reminder to conserve energy where we can.

  10. Sarah Elyce June 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    A nice reminder to conserve energy where we can. I do have the bad habit of forgetting to turn off lights sometimes but am really working on it.

  11. Betsy Pauzauskie June 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    I was surprised that lighting accounted for such a large cost percentage! Now I realize why turning off lights when one leaves a room is so important. The charting was educational. Thanks!

  12. Claire D June 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Very informative post! I didn’t realize that lighting took up way more energy compared to air conditioning. I would have thought air conditioning was worse based on my electricity bills!

  13. Terri S June 18, 2014 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Great post! Very informative. I try to conserve as much as possible. Thank you for sharing,

  14. Paula Ball June 19, 2014 at 12:44 am - Reply

    I live in the deep south & energy use here in the summer is voracious.
    I’m still not using my ac, but will have to soon. It’s too bad a solar setup is so expensive. One thing that’s helped me is using a clothesline.

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  16. Kristi Price June 19, 2014 at 11:57 am - Reply

    I live in the south (north Florida) too and omg the heat and humidity can be unbearable. I wish I could think of more ways to cut down on the light bill, using the clothesline is a good idea, used to use one all of the time. One thing I am trying to remember is to change the a/c filter every month and keep the vents dusted out..I know that has to make a difference.

  17. Natalie Brown June 19, 2014 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Thank-you for this post & information. I think many people don’t realize that our energy is a secondary source and also think that most, if not all, of our petroleum use is with cars. I fully believe that a large amount is used on air conditioning. I live in Florida and could not live without it. I do stay aware of turning things off and using the least amount of energy possible though. I like your posts like this one!

  18. Tamara Terni June 23, 2014 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    this is amazing I did not realize residential used more than commercial. makes me think about shutting the lights turning off the ac. we are so used to consuming everything we need to learn how to save more and use less.

  19. Kristi Price June 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Speaking of a/c, ours went out this weekend, first time in years! I about had a heart attack, it was SO hot outside! Luckily we were able to get a service technician out here that afternoon and he was able to fix it but there goes $259 straight out the’s always something isn’t it?

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