As we say goodbye to 2014, we take a look back at the year's great strides in green energy. With so many incredible advances in the last 12 months, we can't wait to see what 2015 will bring.
Reaching new lows in electricity use
And it was a great thing! In January, the EIA reported that U.S. home electricity use fell to levels unseen since 2001. When you consider how many electric gadgets we have today that we didn't have in 2001, it speaks volumes to manufacturers' ability to improve energy efficiency.
Greenest Super Bowl
February's Super Bowl XLVIII was notably the greenest Super Bowl ever. From concessions to renewable energy credit purchases to the stadium itself, 2014's Super Bowl made a big effort to be environmentally responsible at every opportunity.
Texas wind wins big
In March, ERCOT reported that wind-generated electricity contributed nearly one third of all electricity on the Texas grid. By the summer, when other states were seeing significant rises in the wholesale price of electricity, Texas's wholesale electricity prices actually declined thanks to contributions from wind energy.
More big companies go green in 2014
Following in the footsteps of other forward-thinking organizations, Ikea and Mars made notable investments in wind energy. Ikea invested in a wind farm large enough to power all of its U.S. operations while Mars announced plans to build a 200 megawatt wind farm in Texas.
Rigs-to-Reefs program brings new life to Gulf of Mexico
In September, SaveOnEnergy reported on a brilliant program that uses retired oil rigs as artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. Artificial reefs create vital ecosystem foundations and new habitats for marine flora and fauna.
Learning from 2014's Polar Vortex
Winter weather hit parts of the U.S. particularly hard in early 2014, but the lessons gleaned from the Polar Vortex help save energy and lives as we head into what is predicted to be another icy winter.