While Americans have by and large been making greater strides toward energy efficiency, with government support for public and private improvements increasing, the country seemingly still has a long way to go before reaching its ultimate eco-friendly goals. A new report from the Department of Energy-funded research center Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory reveals that the United States has only achieved 39 percent efficiency thus far.
Greentech Media reports that the study finds approximately 61 percent of the energy flowing through the U.S. economy ends up becoming completely wasted. In 2012, only 37 quadrillion British thermal units ("quads") out of the 95.1 quads of raw energy in the country were used constructively. Not only was last year the most energy-wasteful year in over a decade, it was one of the worst such periods for power conservation since the 1970s.
All of this begs the question, why? If people are becoming more aware of the necessity of going green, and these sustainability trends have been catching on more and more, why does the data suggest that efficiency is actually going backwards? The answer lies in the simple fact that, according to the source, the growth of American industries – particularly manufacturing and transportation – is simply creating more demand and use for electricity. More energy to use ends up becoming more possible energy to waste. This trend trickles down all the way to regular American households, which have fallen from an average 80 percent efficiency to 65 percent.
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