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Home Energy Use Facts

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Here are some astonishing tidbits and facts I have discovered about home energy use in the United States. 

The average home contributes more air pollution than does the average car.

Every time you open the refrigerator door, up to one-third of the cold air can escape.

Switching from ten 100-watt bulbs to ten 40-watt bulbs saves 600 watt hours. That savings is for every hour the lights are on. Saving 0.6 kWh from changing 10 light bulbs x 8 hours/day x 365 days/yr = 1752 kWh.

Microwave ovens use around 50 percent less energy than conventional ovens do.

The amount of energy Americans use doubles about every 20 years.

According to the American Solar Energy Society, enough sunlight falls on the earth's surface each minute to meet world energy demand for an entire year.

The Department of Energy estimates that about 20% of the energy you use at home powers electrical appliances like televisions, DVD players, stereos, coffee makers, toasters and microwaves - even when they're turned off.

Though accounting for only 5 percent of the world's population, Americans consume 26 percent of the world's energy. (American Almanac)

65% of global warming pollution is estimated to come from energy generation by the EDF.

All the refrigerators in the United States use more than half of all the power generated by nuclear power plants.

If every American turned their water heater down by ten degrees, 45 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions would be saved every year.