Using less energy means fewer power plants and decreased energy sprawl – the amount of land needed for clean energy. Every time we retire a natural gas power plant, we cut our carbon emissions and reduce the need for pipelines.
Visit The Wildnerness Society site for more information on how “Saving Energy Saves Lands.”
It also means lower electric bills. This means that even you could save money. Sounds pretty helpful right? Now you can go out and buy yourself that new memory foam mattress or treat yourself to a nice meal out, thanks to the fact that you could have cheaper electric bills. (Visit the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates.) Further to this, you could also get lower electric bills yourself by using a company like Simply Switch who can compare energy providers and tell you which one would be cheaper. With or without the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, states that pursue renewables and energy efficiency will see smaller increases in total electric system costs through 2030 than they would with any other investment strategy.
According to The Wilderness Society:
National appliance and equipment efficiency standards generated about 340,000 jobs through 2010. By 2030, they are expected to save $68 billion a year and create an additional 40,000 new jobs.
As shown in the figure above, investments in energy efficiency continue to grow in the United States.