Energy Efficiency

Albatross in flight

Energy efficiency means doing the same job with less energy.  Potential savings from energy efficiency number in the trillions of dollars, and would cut air pollution by 1.1 gigatons by 2020, the same amount produced annually by the entire US fleet of passenger vehicles and light trucks.

The idea of a smart grid promises to take energy efficiency to another level.  By computer, an entire household would be in communication with all power sources.  Solar panels on your roof would plan power use for the dishwasher, while your house tells the electricity grid how much heat and light it will need in the next six hours.

Battery-powered vehicles and plug-in hybrids are gaining popularity because of their efficiency and their improved carbon emissions compared to gasoline and diesel.  There are also vehicles powered by algae, liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, compressed air, and ethanol.

3 things you can do to support clean energy industry:

1. Patronize clean energy businesses.
2. Support clean energy projects in your community or region.
3. Understand the true cost of fossil fuels.

Other great ways you can make a difference.



Sizing the Clean Economy Report – Brookings Institution
Clean Energy Trends – Green Biz

2010 Wind Technologies Report – US Department of Energy

Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the US Economy – McKinsey & Company
The Long-Term Energy Efficiency Potential – American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

Feed-in Tariffs – FAQ for State Utility Commissions

UK Feed-in Tariffs Enjoys Early Success

Renewable Energy in China – World Watch Institute

Smart Grid Revolution – Environmental Defense Fund