Our Top Five Energy-Themed Infographics
As the days get colder heading into the fall and winter, you might see an increase in your energy bills. To help you better understand all things energy we reached into our GOOD archives to share with you our top energy-themed infographics. Take a look and learn everything from where our energy comes from (see above, a collaboration between GOOD and Other Means, with support from MTV) to how much the United States subsidizes energy.
What is the Easiest Way to Power a Lightblub?
A collaboration between GOOD and Column Five
How much energy—whether electric, coal, nuclear, or otherwise—is required for a 100-watt lightbulb to run for a year, 24 hours a day?
The Power of the Smart Grid
A collaboration between GOOD and Oliver Munday, in partnership with IBM
The "smart grid" is an electric system that includes information and communications technologies to turn the traditional “one-way” grid into a more dynamic “two-way” system. The point is to improve the way electricity gets distributed and used across the entire power grid, from where power is generated to our homes, and back again. A smart grid lets power companies and consumers see more about how power is being used—in near-real time. A study looked at exactly how beneficial a smart grid could be if we implemented it by 2030.
What Renewable Energies Do We Use Most and At What Cost?
A collaboration between GOOD and Deeplocal, in partnership with GE
In the U.S., only about 8 percent of all energy use comes from renewable sources. Petroleum is currently our largest consumed source of energy (37 percent), with natural gas (25 percent), coal (21 percent), nuclear power (9 percent) and renewables following behind.
However, renewable energy consumption is rising steadily, with the largest increases in biofuels, hydroelectric power, and wind. Check out this infographic for a look at which of these renewable sources are used most widely in America and at what cost.
How Much Does the United States Subsidize Energy?
A collaboration between GOOD and Deeplocal
The government spends billions of dollars to support the energy industry, which allows it to make energy cheaper than it should cost on the open market. These subsidies—either in the form of tax breaks or direct funding—favor some types of energy over others, giving our country a skewed sense of what each gallon of gas or wind-powered electron costs. This is a look at where the government directed its subsidy dollars from 2002 to 2008.
How Tonga Got Hooked Up The day the king turned on the internet
Couture Collection Uses Wind Reactive Ink A London artist collective's clothing line changes color according to environmental stimuli.
Finally, a Cat Mag for the Creative Class Firmly in control of the internets, our feline overlords move to conquer print media.
Text Messages You Can Smell This company's device and app allows you to send scents through your phone.
This Tree Produces Forty Types of Fruit The living, edible art of Sam Van Aken's grafted stone fruit experiment
Dear 14-Year-Old Me The intuitive, emotional side of yourself guides your experiences and shapes how you learn. You grasp information viscerally, which can make traditional schooling a little bit harder for you.
Danish Architects Reimagine the Zoo The search for a more ethical wildlife park
Learning to Farm Fish Responsibly Breakthroughs in aquaculture are winning over longtime skeptics.
Stories for Boys Sundance-winner Rich Hill picks up where Linklater left off.
The Human Side of Spam Spanish photographer Christina de Middel smudges fact and fiction with her staged images of Russian widows and Nigerian lawyers in distress.
Why Oysters are Shacking up in Old Subway Cars States scrap over metal in a race to boast the greenest reef.
A Cable Car Revolution in the World’s Highest City The future of Bolivia’s public transportation takes to the skies.