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Energy Efficiency is extremely important as it not only has a positive benefit on our environment, but it also helps you save money.  If you increase the efficiency of your home it directly reduces air pollution and lowers carbon emissions.  Power plants would burn less fuel to produce the electricity and if you save on burning of fossil fuels to heat your home you will also lower your carbon footprint.

 

65% of Global Warming pollution is estimated to come from energy generation and use.  While we need electricity we can do better with smart clean energy.*

 

Washington actually ranks among the top five states for energy efficiency and renewable energy.  We are #1 for electricity generated from renewable energy as well as hydropower and we are ranked #5 from electricity generated from wind energy.**

 

Energy Efficiency is best achieved by focusing on the largest segments of residential energy use.  The ultimate goal in energy efficiency is to have a zero net energy home, but every little bit helps.   If you can change the way you live you can change the world.

 

If every American replaced just one light bulb with an energy star light bulb, it would save enough energy to light 3 million homes a year…that’s about $600 million in yearly energy costs.  This prevents 9 billion pounds of green house gas emission per year which is equivalent to about 800,000 cars***

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For More information on Energy Efficiency, check out these links:

Home Energy Audits

US Department of Energy's Home Energy Consumer Saver

City of Seattle Guide to Energy Efficiency

PSE (Puget Sound Energy) Savings & Energy Center

Northwest Energy Star Homes

Advancing Solar Energy in Washington State

US Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Energy Efficient Lighting

Washington Energy Consumption Statistics

Energy Cost Savings Calculators

Eco-Dictionary

Energy Saving Tips for the Home

 

Sources:

* http://www.edf.org/energy/energy-challenge-numbers

** http://www.cleanedge.com/research/state-index

***energystar.gov

 

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