- The U.S. is the world’s second largest energy consumer; only China uses more.
- Recycling a ton of mixed paper saves the energy equivalent of 165 gallons of gasoline.
- 37% of U.S. energy comes from petroleum, 25% from natural gas, 21% from coal, and 9% from nuclear plants. Only 8% comes from renewable sources like hydroelectric dams, solar, and wind farms.
- Transportation accounts for 28% of all energy used in the U.S.
- The average American uses 176 gallons of water a day.
- 30% of water used in homes goes onto lawns and gardens.
- The amount of energy in the sunlight that hits the earth in a hour could power the whole planet for a year.
- One ton of paper requires 250 cubic feet of wood, 55,000 gallons of water, and 112 kWh of energy to produce.
- A compact fluorescent light bulb produces five times as much light per watt as an incandescent bulb.
- It takes 30% less energy to make a product from recycled glass than from new materials.
2. Switch out your lights – compact fluorescent light bulbs use less energy and last longer than other bulbs.
3. Be smart with printer paper – get the most out of your office supplies by only printing when you need to and by using both sides of the paper
4. Turn off the water – never leave water running when you’re brushing your teeth, soaping your hands, or scrubbing the dishes.
5. Use those leftovers – find creative ways to turn leftovers into tasty meals so you never have to throw away food.