We’ve all heard the stories about the time a coworker told you they were quitting a job for a new home, and the only place they could find a home was in a place with a power plant, or a gas station.
They probably thought this would be a temporary solution until a better place could be found.
The same goes for those of us who travel to places in Europe, where electricity is cheap and power plants are common.
The problem is, the new, clean, renewable energy is not always what you’re looking for.
It can take decades for a single plant to become economically viable.
A recent report from Bloomberg estimated that just 15% of electricity generated in the United States comes from renewable sources, and in some states the figure is closer to 20%.
While there is still a lot of scope for improvement, we’ve also got some real estate to save.
The New York Times reports that one in three US homes could be energy efficient by 2030, with the majority of the energy used to make and maintain the home.
While there are still plenty of places to save, a new report from MIT shows that a significant portion of our energy is still going to be consumed in buildings and homes.
If you’ve been keeping up with your energy consumption, it might be helpful to know just how much energy you’re going to spend on heating and cooling.
The article explains how much each of these systems costs in a typical home, what they can and can’t do, and how much they can do.
This article is published in partnership with MIT Technology Review.
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