This infographic details the huge amount of energy used by data centers worldwide and how they can become more energy efficient...
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Where does my electricity bill go?
The data included in our infographic is an average of our most recently tested appliances.
Our expert testers also identify the most efficient models on the market, which can save you significantly on running costs even against the average power consumption.
Electricity usage derived from product testing between 2011 and 2012. The infographic shows the hot water heater using the lion's share of the power. However this is based on electric hot water heaters using an off-peak rate. If you have solar, heat pump or high-efficiency gas, then your water heating costs are likely to be much lower.
As a general rule, the older your appliances are, the more likely they are to use more energy. For example in late-2009 over 50% of new TVs had an energy rating of less than 4 stars. By mid-2011 this number had dropped to less than 10%...
Find out all the hidden ways your daily habits add to your water footprint on a typical day.
In America, the average person uses nearly 2,000 gallons of water per day. Every time you flush the toilet, wash your hands, drive your car, or take a bite of your lunch, you're using water. The biggest surprise may be that 95 percent of your water footprint isn't from a long shower or running your washing machine—it's from the food, energy and products you use every day. Check out our interactive infographic that shows all the ways your daily dose of water adds up on a typical day...
Anyone whose house or yard is decorated with elaborate twinkling displays this holiday will tell you, those kilowatts quickly add up. How does your electric bill compare to the average in your state and other states; who spends the most and how does our electricity usage divvy up among different household items and chores?
The energy that powers the world comes mostly from coal, gas, and oil, and that’s led us to CO2 levels over 390 parts per billion now, and climate change. We can think of climate change as a design question: where do we want to end up? Impact studies tell us what will happen to the planet as we warm up—it's basically a litany of horrors. At a 1.5 degree increase, we'll lose 10 percent of species. At 2 degrees, we'll lose 90 percent of coral reefs. At 3 degrees, 1 to 4 billion people will face water shortages, leading to war across the planet.
We need to each understand the basic math behind energy and climate change so we can reach the right solutions. We need a massive shift to renewable energy, and we also need changes in our everyday lives. One first step is understanding your own carbon footprint.
As individuals, we may disagree on many issues, from philosophy to politics, to what constitutes proper nutrition. But if there is one topic everyone recognizes as tremendously important, it’s that everyone is entitled to basic human rights.
One of the biggest challenges to getting people the rights they deserve as human beings, however, is awareness. And many human rights activist organizations have turned to visualization to help inform the public about issues going on in the world. At Visual.ly, we recognize this struggle to inform, so we’ve decided to open up a Human Rights topic on our newly redesigned site. This topic will provide a place for people to educate themselves about many of the humanitarian movements around the planet. To help kick off the category and raise awareness, here are 12 visualizations about humanitarian issues...
New York City’s appetite for energy is immense, making it a revealing case study for how people use — and waste — energy.
“Midtown Manhattan has more energy use than the whole country of Kenya, and New York state uses more energy than all of sub-Saharan Africa,” said Vijay Modi, a professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia University. “There is just this intense use of energy in cities like New York.”
A new project by Modi and graduate student Bianca Howard aims to put the city’s energy consumption on the map. The results of their work are displayed on an interactive map estimating the total annual energy consumption for nearly every building across the five boroughs.
Their research allows New Yorkers to get a rough idea of how much energy is used inside their homes, offices and businesses — and it offers a peek into the building next door, down the street and across the city. The goal of the project is to take some of the mystery out of energy usage..