“There’s no cheaper, cleaner power than power you don’t have to produce.”
–Gary Zarker, Seattle City Lights
Energy efficiency is the cheapest and quickest way in which we can save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and work towards domestic energy security. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report that in 2008, energy efficient products and practices saved Americans $19 billion on utility bills.
We’ve already come a long way in a relatively short period of time: a report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) found that increased energy efficiency has met about three-fourths of the demand for new energy since 1970. However, there is still a lot more that we must do. The same report estimates that we can cost effectively reduce our energy consumption by 25-30% over the next 20 years. This section explains what energy efficiency is, why it is a vital part of creating stable, clean energy prices in the future, and how local, state, and federal policies help promote energy efficiency.
Learn what you can do to make your home more energy efficient!