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.
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What to Do When Your Country is Drowning The wild and desperate ways island nations are fighting the effects of climate change
The Rise of Drone Pizza Delivery Why the skies will soon be filled with flying, snack-bearing robots
How Helsinki Became a Public Transporation Paradise One European city plans to make car ownership obsolete within a decade.
Follow the Crowd NanoCrafter and the rise of group intelligence Why online gaming may just be the future of science
The Empathy Mirror Neurofeedback enables us to better see ourselves in the other. Recent discoveries in neurofeedback can teach you to be less of a dick.
Robots On Ice Probe the Arctic Why a team of research robots is investigating disappearing sea ice, and why you should care
Don’t Turn Away Colin Finlay photographs the consequences of climate change. You will never see more beautiful photos of the deteriorating state of our planet than the ones in this photo feature.
Puppy Love How dogecoin spawned an improbable community of giving What a canine-emblazoned cryptocurrency can teach about philanthropy
Positive In, Positive Out: How a USC Alumna is Coping with Lymphoma Coast Guard Reserves member Cassie Sulfridge, 28, had just graduated from MSW@USC, the Southern California university’s web-based Master of Social Work program, and was working two jobs when her life was turned upside down.
Politics by Yummier Means An Israeli-Palestinian popup restaurant and the precarious art of gastric diplomacy Two chefs win over hearts, minds, and stomachs in Jerusalem.