Basically, it’s all about doing more with less. The majority of our homes, businesses and appliances waste a huge amount of electricity because they’re not efficient and don’t use modern, energy-saving technology. Improving energy efficiency is the best, fastest and cheapest way to meet our energy needs while reducing global warming pollution from power plants.
Energy production is one of the leading causes of global warming pollution as well as other health and environmental problems. For far too long, the Midwest – and the U.S. as a whole – has been dependent on dirty fossil fuel energy sources for electricity generation. Reducing the amount of energy we use will reduce the amount of pollution we create.
With skyrocketing energy costs, improvements in energy efficiency – and reductions in energy usage – can not only reduce negative impacts to our environment and to our health, they can save us money! The more efficiently we use energy, the less we pollute and the more money we save. It’s as simple as that.
Energy efficiency is a key part of ELPC’s Clean Energy Program. Using America’s energy more efficiently will improve environmental quality and public health by reducing both the pollution from coal plants and the environmental, public health and safety risks from nuclear plants. Efficiency saves consumers money and is the fastest, cleanest and cheapest way to meet our energy needs.
ELPC’s overall goal is to accomplish a transition from the region’s current resource portfolio, currently comprised almost exclusively of nuclear and older coal-burning plants, toward a more diverse, more sustainable and less polluting portfolio including wind energy, biomass and energy efficiency.