However wind is cheaper than coal ... we are already closing coal plants, new built ones, because they can not compete with the price on the market.
In Texas, we're slowly shutting down coal and it is largely being replaced by natural gas. That being said, we're the largest state for wind power in the US, so we're doing a decent amount of that too.
Wind is much cheaper than solar, but of course it kills a lot of birds, so go figure. No free lunch. :(
If you don't remember, my flat is only 100sqm ... but the size should have no effect on electric bills. As like you: I only have one kitchen, e.g.
The cost per sqm is only relevant for heating and in your case AC. The rooms that are not in use should not use energy, pretty simple.
Not quite that simple. I have 5 people who live in my home, that uses far more energy than a single person in a small flat would. Also, my ceilings are more than 20 feet tall in the main rooms, that makes my heating/cooling bills much higher than yours (unless you also have two story rooms). My family room, living room, dining room, front entrance, and hallway are all two stories. In addition, it is open concept, so the upstairs kids playroom is open to the house below as is the upstairs hallway, so keeping warm air down low and cold air up high is nearly impossible, forcing additional heating a cooling that a more closed house would not require.
Now you could argue that is bad design, but my point is simply that sqm alone or how many kitchens a home has doesn't indicate the power bill.
And for the standard of living, it is common knowledge :D no citations needed. But perhaps my percentage is wrong and the amount of americans living on the standard of an european is much lower.
Or you could be wrong and it is much higher. :)
Far more American's likely have fully AC homes than Europeans, for example. We have more food at lower prices, we have more cars, we have more gadgets...
I suppose it depends on what you consider to be a higher standard of living. If it is "who has the most stuff", then Americans win by a landslide.