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Tips to save money and energy

When it comes to reducing your energy consumption, you do not always have to spend a lot of money to save a lot of money. Follow these simple energy saving steps from the Department of Energy and you will be on your way to saving energy and putting some money back in your pocket.

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For more information, visit the Department of Energy’s original blog post for this infographic.

 

 

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Energy Consumption: Back to the Future

How Much Energy Do We Use? Back to the Future Edition!

We’re spotlighting some energy-usage comparisons developed by the Department of Energy (DOE) in their interactive online infographic – How Much to Energy do you Use? While some people may prefer to think about energy usage in terms of cars off the road or trees planted, the DOE has a little more fun with the concept. How about time-travelling DeLoreans?

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the movie Back to the Future. In the movie, Marty McFly needs 1.21 gigawatts of power, (approximately the power of a lightning strike), to send himself back to the future.

With that in mind, the Department of Energy infographic takes a look at how much energy we consume on an annual basis and puts it in terms of the number of trips we could make back to the future with all that energy.

Ohio, Lowest Regional Energy Usage Winner

The average Ohioan uses about 154,400,000 kBtus annually (close to the national average). This is enough energy to send Marty 30 years back to the future a total of 121 times.

Taking the idea one step further, if he used all that energy for one big trip back in time, Marty would land in 1645 BC, when pharaohs ruled Egypt .

Kentucky, In a Close Second Place

The average Kentuckian uses approximately 185,800,000 kBtus annually, which is enough energy to send Marty 30 years back through time a total of 151 times.

If he used all that energy on one trip back in time, then he would land in 2545 BC, just a few hundred years before Stonehenge was constructed.

For Comparison:

Alaskans use the most energy nationally, about 334,200,000 kBtus annually. That’s the equivalent of sending Marty through time a total of 271 times, or back to the year 6,145 BC, when wine and cheese were first made.

New Yorkers use the least energy, about 106,00,000 kBtus. That would send Marty through time a total of 86 times, or back to the year 595 BC during the Roman Empire.

What will our energy usage hold for the future?

October 21, 2015 is the official “future” date that Marty travels to in Back to the Future 2. While the 2015 depicted in the movie is very different from the 2015 of today, there have been a lot of exciting developments in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy that will continue to change the ways we use and make energy. Whether or not the “Mr.Fusion Home Energy Reactors” will be part of that mix or not remains to be seen, but who knows what the next 30 years will bring.

 

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Urban Heat Island: Cincinnati

 

What do you see in this satellite image of Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood?

Chris Meyer, our Operations Director, points out that there are ‘black roofs’ everywhere.

Dark surfaces on roads and roofs in cities absorb heat and can affect regional energy use and health. Applying a white or reflective coating to the roof of a building or house costs very little and substantially reduces the heat island effect for downtown Cincinnati.

Here’s a data-rich infographic from whiteroofproject.org that explores the impact of the difference between white and black roofs.

 

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What is your heating footprint?

In the winter when we are all trying to stay warm, the last thing on most people’s mind is the impact that their heating choices can have on the environment. ENERGY STAR developed this great infographic to show the impact that one household can have when they switch to ENERGY STAR heating equipment.

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For more information, visit ENERGY STAR’s original post for this infographic.

 

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Lighting made easy

With all the changes to lighting that have occurred over the past few years, it can be difficult to know where to begin when you need a new light bulb. This infographic from ENERGY STAR explains everything you need to know about how bulbs are rated and can help you make smart decisions the next time you venture down the lighting aisle.

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For more information, visit ENERGY STAR’s original post of this infographic.

 

 

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