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CO2 Emissions Quickie - Energy Efficiency Infographic

Published on October 9th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen


Energy Efficiency Infographic — Save Money, Save the World

October 9th, 2012 by  

Quickie - Energy Efficiency Infographic

This is why you should care about energy efficiency: a lot of us look at our utility bills every month with a sense of trepidation (or I do, anyway), but the price we pay for having all the resources we want piped right through our walls is, well, literally the price we pay. There’s also the small matter of the dwindling finite resources that will run out one day and trigger the zombie apocalypse. Okay, maybe not the zombie apocalypse, but the dominant social structures could very well implode.

That having been said, an excellent way to stave off social implosion is to use less. Less of everything. The majority of energy usage occurs in residential homes, which means that even little things like LED light bulbs can make a big difference if enough people are on board.

Here’s a neat little infographic summarizing national levels of energy efficiency and CO2 emissions, along with a list of ways to make your home more energy efficient (click on the image or on the link above to see a larger version):

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About the Author

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.

  • This is a very informative collection of infographics albeit a little unreadable due to the small font size and contrast adjustment. All in all, a very good source of information. Wish we had internet when we were in school. Class energy efficiency projects would have been so much easier with access to material like this.

  • sivadasan

    Infographics is not bright enough to read. Let it be user friendly.

  • The infographic focuses only on the energy efficiency of lighting options and their comparison. With other appliances such as dishwasher, washing machine, etc. there’s no clear suggestion on how to use the energy efficiently with these appliances and insulation aside from being these appliances already energy efficient.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Running things like washing machines and electric dryers late at night help the grid.

      Any time load gets moved off peak demand hours that’s a bit less expensive peak supply that has to be purchased.

    • Anne

      There are now heat pump tumble driers on the market that use about half the energy of a standard model: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2011/04/bosch-unveils-new-40-less-energy-tumble-dryer-249315/

      For dishwashers and washing machines, there is the possibility of hotfill with water heated by your solar thermal system or a heat pump.

      All in all, there are clear suggestions.

  • Bob_Wallace

    Between the small size and light print I can’t read most of these info-whatevers. And clicking on them is not giving me a larger version.

    • Anne

      And to add insult to injury: you must always click twice, first to get a thumbnail then to the full picture.

      I see possibilities to improve user friendliness.

      • Definitely. That’s also why we always include the link prominently to the original source.

    • you have to click it again on the next page. not sure why that is, but hope it will change with our next theme

  • Anne

    The fact that this infographic consistently talks of “cee-oh-squared” instead of “cee-oh-two” does not instill a lot of confidence that the authors have a good grasp of the matter at hand.

    • that tends to be how these infographics go. they pull info from sources they find, but sometimes don’t understand what they are pulling enough to keep out such typos.

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