[dropcap]E[/dropcap]very country needs to generate power. While most of us are concerned with how to save money on our electric bill, many developing countries spend their time trying to create enough power for their citizens.These “failed states” that can’t maintain continuous power have to resort to power shortages in order to save the overall power supply.
So these electrifying statistics about energy that will surprise you:
-The amount of energy used by homes in the US for air conditioning constitutes roughly 20% of electricity usage in the country.
-In Brazil there are jails that allow inmates to pedal bikes that power local villages in exchange for reduced sentences.
-Sweden is so good at recycling that it has to ask Norway for trash in order to keep their waste-to-power running.
-Nearly one quarter of the electricity in Brazil is generated by a single power plant.
-More than half of Swiss energy comes from hydroelectricity, and the rest from nuclear power which makes its power network almost CO2 free.
-None of the Titanic’s engineers escaped. They all went down with the ship because they were busy keeping the power on for others.
-Nuclear energy today produces less CO2 than solar and geothermal energy. Only wind and water energy are cleaner.
-Iceland produces all its energy from renewable sources. Hydroelectric provides about two thirds and geothermal covers the rest.
-Norway gets nearly 99% of its energy from hydroelectric power. That is the most of any country on Earth.
-France generates so much nuclear power that it actually exports it.
-Every single battery on Earth put together would only power the world for about 10 minutes.
-Within a span of 6 hours, Earth’s deserts absorb more energy from the sun than all of humanity uses throughout the course of the year.