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These 12 Charts Show Why You Should Care About Renewable Energy

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1. First, the basics. America’s energy supply comes from a lot of different sources.

As you can see, fossil fuels still make up over half of America's energy usage portfolio.

As you can see, fossil fuels still make up over half of America's energy usage portfolio.

2. Most studies predict that the percentage of energy we produce by renewable sources will rise quickly over the next decade.

Some sources project that the percentage of renewables could reach 25% by 2020.

Some sources project that the percentage of renewables could reach 25% by 2020.

3. Other more traditional sources of energy, like coal, have decreased as newer sources, including renewables like solar power, gradually take their place.

Only Kansas and Alaska have increased coal usage over the last decade.

Only Kansas and Alaska have increased coal usage over the last decade.

4. If that seems a little abstract, think of it this way: The average American consumes the energy equivalent of about 31,000 burritos per year. Right now, about 4,000 of those burritos are “renewable.”

Mmmmmmmmm. Energy burritos.

Mmmmmmmmm. Energy burritos.

5. Rising renewable energy is great news because the American business demand for energy is growing even faster.

6. As indispensable as they are, computers and other office electronics make up only 8% of the energy consumption of the average American business.

Keeping the lights on uses more than twice as much energy as your computer.

Keeping the lights on uses more than twice as much energy as your computer.

7. We’re particularly energy dependent here in the US, consuming the energy of a population three times our size!

America does great things, but we use a lot of energy doing them.

America does great things, but we use a lot of energy doing them.

8. But despite our massive energy demands, the future of renewable energy sources like solar and wind power is bright.

Solar photovoltaic modules covering as little as 0.6% of America’s landmass could supply our entire electricity demand.

Solar photovoltaic modules covering as little as 0.6% of America’s landmass could supply our entire electricity demand.

9. Harnessing natural energy sources like wind power generates a truly surprising amount of power.

That means it would only take about 250,000 turbines to power the whole US.

That means it would only take about 250,000 turbines to power the whole US.

10. It’s not just the responsible thing to do for the planet; it’s good for our economy too.

The renewable energy industry is growing at a rate 12 times faster than the US economy as a whole.

11. When it comes to energy efficiency, American businesses definitely have room for improvement.

That means we in America waste more energy than we actually use.

That means we in America waste more energy than we actually use.

12. And sometimes saving that energy (and reducing costs) is as simple as pushing a button.

Much of this waste is the result of computers being left on overnight.

Much of this waste is the result of computers being left on overnight.

All images by Lyla Ribot for BuzzFeed

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