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Celebrate this Fourth of July with 4 Energy Facts

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With Fourth of July right around the corner, there's no better time to explore some interesting tidbits about U.S. energy use. 

Here are four American energy facts to help celebrate this Independence Day. 

1. America's energy sources have drastically changed since 1776

During the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a typical American family used wood as its primary energy source, which lasted until the mid-to-late 1800s. 

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Early industrial growth was largely driven by water mills, and coal became dominant in the late 1800s before being displaced by petroleum products in the 1900s. The use of coal has waxed and waned over the years, but has recently fallen as new energy technologies have helped harness  natural gas, wind and solar power.

2. Americans light a lot of fireworks. 

In 2016, Americans exploded nearly 270 million pounds of fireworks. That's a ton of explosives. Or, 135,000 tons to be exact.

According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, if you gathered all the fireworks that Americans set off for the Fourth of July, they would weigh more than the Statue of Liberty, cost more than a Powerball jackpot and release more energy than 100,000 lightning bolts. 

3. The U.S. could be energy independent in the next decade. 

Since the 1950s, the United States has been a net importer of energy.

However, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. has the potential to buck that trend and become a net exporter by 2026. The potential for U.S. "energy independence" largely rests in continued growth in natural gas production, increased deployment of renewable energy resources (like solar power) and advances in demand-side energy efficiency

4. Your business could save on energy costs this Fourth of July. 

If your business or office is closed for the holiday weekend, use the opportunity to save money and energy for your business. Be sure to turn off all lights, unplug all unused equipment and set the thermostat above 80 degrees (if unoccupied) for the holiday weekend. 

Want to learn 50 ways to save on energy costs this Fourth of July and beyond? 

Check out our 50 Energy Saving Tips for Small Businesses

Posted: June 29, 2017