Over the past several decades, it’s become clear that our energy consumption is getting out of hand. Though we have less than five percent of the world population, we use over 16% of the world’s electricity. That’s why companies like Florida Public Utilities are trying to reduce our energy consumption through education and effective energy solutions. Here’s a brief look at energy consumption in the U.S:
Since global climate change has entered our collective consciousness, we’ve made a great effort to produce renewable energy. Unfortunately, solar panels, geothermal plants, wind turbines, and hydroelectric dams only account for eight percent of our total consumption.
Today, nuclear reactors produce nine percent of our total energy—all of which goes to the production of electricity. Though nuclear energy produces relatively little pollution, a handful of reactor meltdowns have inspired apprehension about its safety.
At nearly 40%, petroleum is the most frequently-used energy source in the United States. Motor vehicles make up the vast majority of oil use, though it’s also used in manufacturing and home heating. Still, oil’s high cost, limited supply, and environmental effects make it an unsustainable energy source.
Coal accounts for about 22% of our total energy consumption, and is responsible for the majority of U.S. electricity production. Unfortunately, the inherent dangers of mining coal and its negative environmental effects have many questioning its future as a major energy source.
Natural gas also accounts for 22% of our total energy consumption, and is considered much cleaner than coal or oil. Natural gas is used in a wide variety of ways—including cooking and heating. In fact, natural gas accounts for 76% of all energy consumption in the residential and commercial sectors.
If you’d like to learn more about energy consumption, don’t hesitate to contact Florida Public Utilities Company. Unlike other utility companies, we focus on propane and natural gas—two of the cleanest-burning fossil fuels available. Call us today at (561) 832-0872 to find out how you can save money and the environment at the same time.