Very interesting infographic! I think keeping things plugged in is something we all do - but it's an easy fix. I think a follow-up infographic on how we can and why to save energy would be great.
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it's just a matter of learning how to turn off after use unless design calls for CONTINUOUS operation
I think pointing at microwave ovens is wrong. Bake a potato in 5 minutes at 14 watts in a microwave oven, or 40 minutes in an electric oven using 4000 watts, the microwave oven is far more efficient.
Sorry for the error, the microwave is 1400 watts.
those big houses for small families do take up a lot of energy. Solar panels seems to be the way to go so the power generated could be actually sold back to the individual cites, counties and states involved . Read about it. it is a very doable option for we Power greedy folks.
PER CAPITA! Without factoring population growth, the total electric consumption figures don't mean anything. That's too bad because the rest of the article is excellent. Don't lend yourself to detractors' attacks by starting on the wrong foot.
Distributed electrical generating may help. My city is rolling out smart meters this year. We have possibilities of producing significant parts of our electrical demand from rooftop solar.
US population more than doubled from 150 million to 308 million so the increase in electrical consumption is not as dramatic as this would have us believe. Also the figures don't mean much unless total household consumption of energy is included. Perhaps people/builders have preferred to build more all electric homes eschewing gas, oil and other energy sources.