The following chart sets out the US energy consumption in 2007 by primary source and offers some details on renewable energy.
The United States receives approximately 84% of its energy from fossil fuels including petroleum (oil), natural gas and coal. The remaining portion comes primarily from nuclear stations. And while the United States has less than 5% of the world’s population and about 3% of the world’s oil reserves, Americans consume about 26% of the world’s energy. Clearly, this is not sustainable, especially as other countries such as China and India make rapid gains in their standards of living and in their energy consumption. To see how you can reduce your home’s energy consumption, visit our Save $
Not all energy use produces green house gas emissions. There are renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind and hydro projects that produce clean renewable energy. As of 2007, renewable energy in the United States produced approximately 7% of the nation’s energy supply.