28 Sep '12, 3pm

How We Use and Save Energy

How We Use and Save Energy

When I picked up a gallon of milk at the store today, I looked at it in a new way. I was buying energy. This insight came courtesy of the US Energy Information Administration‘s recent ‘Today in Energy’ article about industrial energy consumption. It turns out that we use about 30 percent of our energy for industrial processes, according to the federal agency. But it’s hard for most of us to grasp where all that energy goes. As EIA points out, it sounds “remote.” Factories somewhere are churning out fabricated metals, bulk chemicals and other product categories that don’t remind me of my own life. To bring it home, EIA walks us down the supermarket aisle to explain how all of this manufacturing and energy use translates into our everyday existence. The products we buy equal energy used. There is a power plant behind every gallon of milk. Petroleum and bulk chemicals are amo...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2012/09...

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