Electric charges are all paid regardless of our membership in the group. We believe that many of us pay too much — and this is true for most of us. One contributor to high electricity bills is energy consumption.
To reduce energy costs, you can have changed your home like changing light-emitting diode bulbs, adding isolation or replacing obsolete heating or appliances. If so, then you have already taken part in energy efficiency, which simply means waste reduction.
Without the efficiency investments made over the past four decades, the energy consumption of our country would rise by 60%, and the carbon emission associated with climate change and public health threat would also rise.
Most of these savings are generated by our local utilities ‘ enhanced building codes, equipment requirements, and improvement programs. This has paid off a lot of time-saving Americans over $800 billion each year in energy costs.
Energy efficiency leads to job creation
In fact, energy efficiency boosts the local economy and generates unoutsourced employment. Energy efficiency work today supports a countrywide 2.25 million workers.
The elimination of energy waste has only two advantages: fewer energy bills and employment. Energy efficiency also lowers our fossil-fuel dependence that contributes to the climate crisis.
Over 9,000 electricity-generating fossil fuel plants operate in the United States. The average age is over 30 years which provides a huge opportunity to replace carbon-intensive fossil fuels for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Energy efficiency eliminates the need for new fossil fuel generating stations and leads to the accelerated retirement of replacement power stations. If those aging units are replaced by more electricity-generating gas power plants, for at least 30 to 50 more years we will have been locked into the fossil-fuel dependence. More than 40% of the Paris climate agreement’s energy-efficiency goals could be reached by the USA alone and energy bills could be lowered simultaneously.