Ramping up energy efficiency key to address climate change

A recently completed study provides powerful new evidence of the vast potential of energy efficiency to reduce climate-changing pollution, cut utility bills, drive innovation, and spur economic growth. The report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) shows how much the country has already benefited from energy-saving programs—for example, saving households, on average, $840, and reducing carbon pollution by 490 million tons in 2015. It also makes a compelling case for ramping up efficiency programs to protect our children and future generations from dangerous climate change. Efficiency, now the nation’s third largest electricity resource, could become the largest by 2030 if we take advantage of numerous opportunities available to reduce energy waste, the report notes.

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