Nothing in our world – cars, coffee, cat videos, canned pineapple – would exist without energy. But although energy makes everything work, most of us don’t know answers to even the most fundamental questions: How much energy do we use? And where does our energy come from? This animated video looks at how our energy sources and uses vary across time and geography.
Answering an energy question from Wellington Middle School, our Inside Energy team shines a light on power wasted in electricity generation. Can it be reused? Recycled? Turned into energy?
What is the most energy efficient way to boil water? And which method has the smallest carbon footprint? The familiar act of boiling water lets us examine how the choices we make daily roll up to global energy consumption.
As part of our IE Questions project, Inside Energy investigated how much energy is lost as electricity travels from a power plant to the plug in your home. In the U.S., five to six percent of the energy in electricity is lost during transmission and distribution, but that varies widely state-to-state and year-to-year. See how your home state measures up.
How much energy is lost along the way as electricity travels from a power plant to the plug in your home? This question comes from Jim Barlow, a Wyoming architect, through our IE Questions project. To find the answer, we need to break it out step by step: first turning raw materials into electricity, next moving that electricity to your neighborhood, and finally sending that electricity through the walls of your home to your outlet.
So, what exactly is inertia? And what role does it play in electricity generation? We answer these questions, with help from a giraffe, a llama, a hamster and an elephant.
Coal has long been the bedrock of our electric grid. Could environmental regulations threaten the reliability of that system? Inside Energy’s Leigh Paterson reports in our latest installment of Blackout: Reinventing the Grid.
In this week’s IE Questions, we examine a study from the Natural Resources Defense Council looking into the costs associated with wasted electricity.
When you look at your monthly electricity bill, you probably focus on the number with a dollar sign in front of it. But there’s another value listed: how much energy you actually used. If you are a perfectly average American living in a perfectly average household, your monthly electricity bill will read 911 kilowatt hours (kWh), which costs $114. But most of us don’t live in perfectly average households. (The state that comes closest to matching the average monthly electricity usage is Ohio).