Where Does Your Electricity Come From?

Historically, there has been a perception that electric bills were set in stone and that you would just pay the bill without giving it a second thought. This disconnect and inability to manage the largest controllable operating expense of a company stems from a lack of education on where and how our energy is produced.

Florida’s electric generation is unique in that the state’s population is 6.2% of the US, they consume 5.97% of the electricity, and emit 4.23% of the total carbon dioxide emissions. So as a population, the people of Florida consume and pollute less per capita than most states when it comes to electricity generation. In the chart below with information from the Energy Information Administration, you’ll see that 81.6% of Floridians’ electricity comes from fossil fuels (Natural gas and coal). This is common throughout the United States, although it should be noted that Florida is second largest consumer of natural gas for electricity production in the country, which burns cleaner than coal.

The process of burning those fossil fuels, transforming them to electricity, and transporting that electricity to the consumer involves a great deal of waste. In fact, for every 10 units of fossil fuels burned, only 1 unit of electricity will make it to the consumer. This fact illustrates the importance of energy efficiency because for every 1 unit that is saved by the consumer, 10 units of fossil fuels will be left unburned. Evoking Energy Solutions to conserve energy at the end user saves money for the consumer who is spending less, it saves money for the utility who does not have to build new power plants, and it saves the environment by polluting less; the ever elusive win/win/win.

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