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Most of the energy used in the U.S. goes to lighting buildings and streets.
Most of the energy used in the U.S. goes to heating and cooling homes. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the cost of heating and cooling your home makes up nearly half the average utility bill.
Oil is the most plentiful energy source in the United States.
Coal is the most plentiful energy source in the U.S. The country that has the largest known reserves of oil is Saudi Arabia, with about a quarter of the world’s reserves, followed by Iraq, which has about 11 percent of the world’s proven reserves in oil.
Wyoming is the country’s largest coal mining state.
In 2000, Wyoming produced 339 million tons, out of a total of 1,074 million tons produced in the United States.
Industry consumes most of the U.S.’s petroleum reserves.
Most of the petroleum used in the U.S. goes to transportation needs. The average driver in the U.S. uses about 1,070 gallons of gasoline a year.
Most of the coal used in the U.S. is for heating homes.
Nine out of every 10 tons of coal in the U.S. is used for generating electricity.
Less than half the homes in the United States are heated with natural gas.
More than half the homes in the U.S. are heated by natural gas than any other energy source, about 55 percent. Thirty percent are heated by electricity, while the remaining households are heated with oil, propane or wood.
Most of the energy we use, such as coal, oil and gas comes from the sun.
The energy from the sun is the source of most natural forms of energy. All living things draw their energy from the sun. Trees and plants store energy from the sun as they grow. Animals gain energy from eating plants and other animals. Fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas are made up of dead plants and animals. Burning these fuels releases the stored energy of the sun.
Most of the oil produced in the U.S. comes from four states: Alaska, California, Louisiana and Texas.
The United States has 22 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, the 12th largest reserves in the world. About 80 percent of these reserves are located in just four states: Alaska, California, Louisiana and Texas. The nations reserves are in decline, having shrunk by more than 20 percent since 1990, as the U.S. produces more than 8 million barrels of oil a day.
The country that produces the most oil outside of the Middle East is Russia.
The country that produces the most oil outside of the Middle East is Venezuela, the worlds sixth largest producer. Its reserve of 77 billion barrels of oil makes up 7 percent of the world’s oil resources.
The United States is the world’s number one producer of nuclear energy.
According to the Department of Energy, more than 100 nuclear power plants in the U.S. supply about a fifth of the nations energy. The U.S. is the number one producer of nuclear energy in the world, followed by France and Japan. While it is considered a powerful source of energy that avoids the problem of air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions, nuclear power production does produce dangerous radioactive waste.
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