Take a long, hot shower in Iceland, just as the locals do, using technology and infrastructure developed in the aftermath of World War II when Iceland’s energy firms first began seriously investing in geothermal initiatives.
Walk Reykjavik’s streets on the coldest winter morning and the sidewalk beneath your feet will be safe and ice-free from the natural heat pumped below. See the picturesque capital illuminated at night and know that fifty years of dedication to hydroelectric and geothermal energy means every watt lighting your way is renewable. Bite into fresh, locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables from greenhouses kept at the perfect temperatures by green, natural energy.
While much of the world is still grappling with reliance on oil and gas, Iceland stepped up in the 1970s to reduce its fossil fuel imports by using the natural energy coursing through every part of its land from the driving waters of its mighty waterfalls to the inextinguishable subterranean heat.
Today, this has made Iceland one of the most energy-rich nations on the planet with the highest average consumed watts per person in the world.
Per capita, Iceland consumes more than double the electricity of its nearest revival, Norway, and around four times that of oil giants such as Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE, and the USA. In real terms, Iceland, with a population of around 400,000, consumes the same amount of electricity as Myanmar, whose population is over 54 million, and almost every watt is from clean, renewable sources.
Iceland’s electricity is used efficiently too. As naturally hot water is pumped into households and services directly from the earth, very little of the generated electricity needs to be used for heating it. In fact, the naturally boiling water often needs to be cooled before it can be used in the home.