Electricity is one of the pillars of life and it is difficult to imagine living without electricity. To know more about electricity and its usage, go through the following:
Thomas Edison vs. Nikola Tesla
Thomas Edison invented Incandescent light bulb, Cement making technology, Phonograph, motion picture camera and DC motors while Nikola Tesla’s list of inventions include Tesla Coil, radio transmitter, Fluorescent light and AC motors. Edison had 1093 US patents while Tesla had only 112 US Patents.
The global energy consumption can grow 33% from the year 2010 to the year 2035. Due to this, global energy related carbon dioxide emissions could also grow 20% by 2035. By investing an amount of $170 billion annually in energy efficiency throughout the world, we can generate an average rate of 17% return. Energy savings in Chinese, Russian and Indian industries accounted for 48% reduction in the energy intensity.
How to hack your electric bill
Some ways to reduce your electricity bills are:
- Shut off your gadgets while not in use-if the commonly used gadgets are shut down when now in use, one can save $78.73 an year!
- Buy all your electricity in advance-there are several benefits attached to a pre-paid solar power purchase agreement.
Go green and save electricity
The amount of energy used per day by a coffee maker between 900 and 1200 watts whereas that used by a dishwasher amounts to 1200-2400 watts. A clothes iron uses about 1000-1800 watts of energy whereas a microwave oven consumes 750-1100 watts.
A growing and power hungry internet
At present, there are about 2.4 billion internet users which double the number of users in the year 2007. By 2016, the amount of data on the internet would be 4 times than the data present o the net today. The internet uses about 1.5 % of global electricity which is equivalent to the output of 30 nuclear power plants.
Be your own gadget generator
The bicycle is the most used type of transport in the world with more than 1 billion in circulation. This is also the most energy efficient vehicle in general use. When exercising, the energy of the cyclist and the bike can go to waste. A pedal powered generator attached to a bike is a great way to prevent loss of power.
What if solar was on every family’s roof?
The annual energy bill for a single family American home is $1255. But if a family goes solar, it can save about $1109.60 annually by using a small solar system. A one 10 kWh solar system can prevent 4237 lbs. of Sulphur dioxide from entering the air over the system’s lifetime.
How does solar power work?
The US photovoltaic market has grown at an average annual rate of 69% since the year 2000.Some stages involved in the generation of solar power are sunlight, solar cells, photovoltaic module and creation of usable solar power.
Green energy and politics in 2012
Land based 2.5 MW turbines operating in ideal conditions at 20% capacity could supply 40 times the current global electricity use while solar power can meet electricity needs without compromising future generations.
Save the world by saving energy in your home
Some methods to become more energy efficient are:
- Invest in energy-efficient solutions.
- Calculate your energy use to determine the yearly cost of different electric equipments.
- Using CFLs instead of incandescent bulbs.