Technological advances are creating smart solutions to help change how we consume energy. This, of course, is instrumental in protecting our beautiful planet, preserving biodiversity and addressing climate change head on.
We’re familiar with geothermal, solar, and wind as better energy solutions for people and the planet but where do they fall within the U.S. energy mix? And why, specifically, are they better alternatives than coal, natural gas and nuclear? This genius infographic by Consumerprotect.com breaks it all down simply and illustrates precisely how technology is changing our energy consumption.
As this infographic points out, advances in technology have helped increase the use of solar, wind, hydro and geothermal energy production to power our homes. However, approximately 40 percent of U.S. power plants still use coal, and 27 percent use natural gas. As technologies improve efficiency and lower in price, ConsumerProtect.com expects these non-renewable energy numbers to drop in the future.
Technological improvements are changing the transportation sector as well. Traditional, internal combustion car engines produce a hefty 30 percent of total air pollution in the U.S. However, new technologies are introducing more smarter, fuel efficient engines powered by biofuels, electric batteries and hydrogen fuel cells.