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A Look at Home Energy Use of the Past, Present, and Future (Infographic)

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From firewood to solar-powered electricity, the resources we use to power our homes have drastically changed over the past 150 years and continue to evolve today.

Americans have been moving away from coal and toward renewable energy sources such as solar and wind-powered electricity. Some homeowners are opting to fully electrify their homes in preparation for the move to sustainable grids, and eco-conscious drivers are purchasing electric vehicles. However, we still have a long way to go if we want to reduce carbon emissions. 

At present, 83% of America’s electricity is generated by fossil fuels. Although many environmentally minded homeowners are finding ways to conserve energy in their homes, significant changes to residential carbon emissions will likely require a shift to renewable electric grids. 

When it comes to your own home, are you aware of how much energy you consume and where that energy comes from? 

In the infographic below, we explore primary home energy sources of the past, present, and future.

The energy we consume to power our homes has increased and changed drastically over the past 150 years. It will be interesting to see how home energy advances, what effect climate change will have on our energy sources and what innovative ideas we’ll come up with next.  

As we wait to see how home energy evolves, you can count on us to help you find ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money on home insurance

Sources: 

Energy.gov | EIA (1, 2) | University of Michigan

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