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Energy Efficiency: You’ve Got the Power

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Efficiency upgrades at the Empire State Building will save it $4.4 million per year; Photo: Jeffrey/Flickr

 

Guest post by Michael
Timberlake from the
Alliance
to Save Energy
(ASE).
ASE is a new EarthShare member charity that promotes energy efficiency
worldwide through research, education and advocacy.


Question: What's
the cleanest, fastest, and cheapest way we can fight climate change and reduce
emissions?

The answer is simple:
 It’s the energy we don’t use.
And,
believe it or not, you have quite a bit of control over your energy use.

Deciding to use more or less energy is something people do
every day—turning lights on or off, raising or lowering the thermostat, choosing
efficient appliances and LED lighting, or even investing in a total home
retrofit.  Using less energy means more
than just lower energy bills. It equals less greenhouse gas emissions, the need
to build fewer power plants, less demand for fuel imports, and less energy
waste.

That’s the goal of the Alliance to
Save Energy
’s Energy 2030 plan. America
wastes more than HALF of the energy that comes into its economy. So instead of
focusing billions on new sources of energy or ways to conserve fuel, Energy
2030 simply wants to help eliminate waste and be more productive with our energy use. 

The goal is to double our nation’s energy productivity by
2030, helping families and businesses get twice as much production from their
energy while reducing pollution across the economy. You can use less, and do
much, much more.

And it’s a goal critical to President Obama’s plan
to tackle climate change
.  Carbon
emissions could be cut by one third, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide
emissions slashed by 50 percent, and foreign oil imports reduced by more than
$100 billion a year, all from doubling energy productivity.


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See how critical using less energy can really be? Low-cost ideas
such as making it easier for homeowners to invest in energy efficiency, regularly
updating the tax code to provide sustained tax incentives for efficient
technologies, enabling consumers to see and understand their energy use, and strengthening
standards put the power to help fight climate change and reduce energy use in
your hands.

If you’re interested in learning more and lending your
voice,
visit ASE’s website
for reports, “Take Action” steps, and recommendations about how the US can
double energy
productivity by 2030.


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