U.S. energy miscellany
- Since the 1970s, the share of residential electricity use by consumer electronics and appliances has nearly doubled to 31%. These have become increasingly more efficient, also more affordable and abundant.
- One third of the entire population in the U.S. uses smart phones now, which merely sip electricity – costing about 50 cents per year to charge. Tablet computers will catch up in a few years, and cost a couple bucks per annum.
- In the last couple of years American population has increased by a few million, but total energy consumption and CO2 emissions have decreased.
- Electricity generation from natural gas has increased 96% since 2000, while that from coal has decreased, albeit less dramatically.
- In 2012 in the U.S. 2 new nuclear reactors were licensed for construction, the first since 1978.
- More than half of all energy produced in the U.S. is wasted, unused. Most, from inefficiencies in power plants and the internal combustion engine. (When will THIS change?!)