Gallery: Half of All Energy Produced in the U.S. is Wasted (For Now)


Everyone knows that you can save energy by insulating your home, monitoring your energy use, and turning your electric equipment off at the mains. However despite this, researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory estimate that the U.S. still wastes more than half the energy it generates. What’s worse is that this figure doesn’t even include heating and cooling loss from buildings – it accounts for energy wasted by machines, industrial processes and electronic equipment. However not all is lost – in addition to educating everyone about how to save energy, the researchers are developing a highly efficient thermal waste heat energy converter that is designed to actively cool electronic devices, photovoltaic cells, computers and large waste heat-producing systems while generating electricity.

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