As we reflect on 2014 and start to think about what we’re going to do differently in 2015, it’s worth taking a look at how much energy we use, and how we can find simple ways to cut some of the energy waste out of our lives.
The United States consumes more energy per capita than almost every other country in the world, but only about 14% of our energy comes from renewable sources. That means our carbon dioxide emissions per capita surpass almost every other country too.
Even while renewables constitute a growing portion of our energy mix, we’re sorely lagging behind other countries on the path toward secure, sustainable, domestically produced energy. But the good news is, we’ve got a lot of easy opportunities to do better. The US wastes about 61% of the energy we produce — much of it due to how we generate, transmit, and distribute it.