Energy Needs in the US

17th June

The common measure of energy in the United States is the BTU, or British Thermal Unit. This is the amount of energy required to heat one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit, and is the common measure of the energy content of all fuels. The U.S. produced about 95.1 quadrillion BTUs in 2012. This vast amount of energy comes from a variety of sources that have changed over time.

The Big Five

Our energy supply comes from five major sources. They are nuclear power, petroleum, natural gas, coal and renewable energy. The rounded percentage breakdown of each source is:

  • 1. Petroleum: 36 percent
  • 2. Natural gas: 28 percent
  • 3. Coal: 18 percent
  • 4. Renewable energy: 10 percent
  • 5. Nuclear Power: 8 percent

How Do We Use Energy?

These energy sources are consumed in a variety of ways, according to each energy source. A good example is petroleum that accounts for 93 percent of energy used in transportation but only one percent of electrical energy, whereas nuclear power is used exclusively for electrical generation.

About 40 percent of all energy is used to produce electricity. The remaining amount is split between transportation, residential and industrial energy use. It is important to understand that “energy” doesn’t mean only electricity. When these fuels are used directly to power machines or systems, they are considered an energy source. For example, a home that uses a natural gas stove is consuming natural gas energy even though it is not using electricity in the stove.

Changes Overtime:

The U.S. has seen remarkable changes in its energy sources over the decades. Prior to the 1920′s wood accounted for more energy than petroleum and today wood energy has virtually disappeared from the measurement. Fossil fuel amounts have skyrocketed, but both petroleum and coal are on the downturn, while natural gas continues to rise. Prior to the 1950s nuclear power didn’t exist, but now it accounts for a sizable chunk of energy supply and is expected to grow. Renewable energy was virtually nonexistent prior to 1970 but has increased at a faster rate than any energy source over the last five years.

The future of energy is never completely certain. Energy experts believe that coal will see the most decrease in the future, at least until ways can be found to burn it more cleanly. Meanwhile, petroleum will lessen but remain the king of our energy supply for as long as we need it for transportation, and natural gas will continue to increase due to its clean burning properties. Nuclear power has stagnated due to the risks associated with its use and issues with clean disposal of nuclear waste, but it is likely to increase. Renewable energy sources are likely to see the strongest increase due the major political and social push toward such energy. Significantly changing our energy landscape, however, will require an overhaul of many industries, especially the transportation industry. Stream Energy Texas has some options.


The Best Ways to Find Out Album Release Dates

2nd July

Missing out on your chance to hear the latest albums by your favorite performers, or even to discover new artists and listening opportunities, can do much to limit your options and opportunities. Serious music fans would benefit from having the best sources of information when it comes to keeping up to date with any news or releases that may be of interest to them. Learning where to find the latest albums, tracks and other recordings can provide fans with the chance Read the rest of this entry »

What Satellite Radio Stations are Best for Modern Rock

14th May

Most of us could find plenty of things to complain about when it comes to modern technology, but satellite radio definitely offers the silver lining that makes it all worthwhile. Gone are the days when you were at the mercy of two or three mediocre radio stations where commercials seemed nonstop and the music selection was boring and repetitive.

Current satellite offerings have flipped traditional corporate radio on its head. These days, you can select your rock stations by decade, giving you a chance to immerse yourself in the “60s haze, the ’70s disco beat, Read the rest of this entry »

Satellite Radio Makes Listening to Your Genre Easier

23rd March

Satellite radio hit the air waves on January 5, 2001. It offers between 100 and 200 commercial free channels. Unlike terrestrial radio, satellite radio generates its revenue through subscriptions instead of advertisements which is why it is able to stream continuous music without any commercials. These channels are categorized by genre which makes it extraordinarily easy to listen to your favorite era of music all day anywhere in the country. Satellite has a wide variety of uncensored programming and with a satellite feed, Read the rest of this entry »

What Record Labels Do For Artists

6th February

There has been an uproar lately amongst artists and record labels for a number of reasons. Mainly, these artists are trying to figure out exactly what the labels are doing for them to help them succeed. There are always huge promises made from these companies directly to the artists. Many of them involve making lots of cash and even gifts of new homes and private jets. In reality, with the way the music business has gone, it does not seem that many of these promises are even possible anymore. If that is the truth, the question still stands. What do record labels do for artists?

In the digital age, there is not even a real need to have a record label. Any artist can upload their music online for free or for a specific price per download. The record labels only exist at this point to take money away from the musicians. It is a general rule when creating anything that money always flows to the artist. Record labels try to reverse this old adage and there is simply no reason to trust them anymore. The right artists will always be smart enough to carry on without major corporate backing.

Rock Stations with Little to No Commercials

24th January

It is hard to find decent rock stations with little to no commercials, but that is because of the changing music and media markets in modern times. Music has become such a driving force and yet is still very much a slave to its corporate masters. Without the big name companies and their promotions, the radio stations would not be able to support their broadcast expenses. The advent of online music, online radio and pod casting has changed the face of the entire industry. Radio even has to compete with Satellite radio for their share of Read the rest of this entry »

Four Simple Steps to Make Your Band Famous

14th January

Music is one of the most sincere forms of self-expression there is, so it’s really no wonder there are so many bands out there. But how do you make your band stand out from the rest?

Make a Site
Design a website devoted to your band, its members and telling the world what you guys are all about. It doesn’t need to be something flashy or over-the-top, but you also don’t want it to read like a boring pamphlet. Find a unique voice and convey the information you know the fans are going to want to read.

Get online and join one of the millions of online music communities. Post some samples and let people know what you are about. Collaborate and socialize with the best each forum has to offer.

Consider purchasing ad space on high-traffic sites that offer it.

Post Samples
Post samples on your site and give the public a taste of what your group is all about. You don’t have to upload entire songs, just enough to keep the fans coming back.

And always keep track of what’s happening in your online neck of the woods. There are many different internet providers that offer on-the-go support that can be found at places like

Get active and let the world know you mean business. All of the great bands started out small before they became big. You have an advantage not even the Beatles had – the internet.

Finding the Best Radio Stations for Your Needs

12th January

There has been a wealth of information available to people since the invention of the internet as many of us know it today. Since then, people have been able to find whatever they need as quickly as they can access it through their home computers. Even radio stations are becoming easier than ever to find all over the country, thanks to the freedom of information that is now available to each one of us. It is now possible to find Read the rest of this entry »

Utilizing Social Networking Sites to Gain Fans

2nd September

Nearly everyone has a social networking page these days. Facebook, MySpace, and others are an excellent platform for musicians and songwriters to get heard and gain fans. Here is a musicians guide to utilizing social networking sites to gain fans.

Two Pages

Have a regular page AND your band or musician/artist page. For example, you may have someone on your facebook friend list who digs the kind of music that you play. You can refer them to “like” your band or artist page

Be A Fan Yourself

In the area you play in, become a Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways to Advertise Your Band

30th August

Need to gain a reputation for your band? Below will mention a few of the methods to publicize your band through advertisements.

1. One approach on sharing your band would be to participate in charitable events. If the band could contribute in a charitable function then the your local newspaper could be contacted to present an article concerning the event. This promotional tip will helps get your band out there!

2. YouTube has seemed to work tremendously well Read the rest of this entry »