How has energy efficiency improved during 2015? As the year comes to a close, The Natural Resources Defense Council has determined that the U.S. made great gains in terms of better efficiency.
Utilities across the U.S. are vital to the overall improvement of smarter uses for electricity and natural gas, reducing energy bills and pollution.
According to the Institute for Electric Innovation, U.S. utility investments in efficiency programs like weatherization and rebates for efficient appliances exceeded $7 billion in 2014. This number greatly surpassed the 2007 total of $2.7 billion.
A survey conducted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy found that the amount of electricity saved by the addition of energy efficiency programs developed nationwide grew by 6 percent. Natural gas savings was one of the most noted developments, as well as reducing overall costs and investments in all noted categories.
In August of this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution from the nation's power plants, and requiring states to comply with set clean energy targets by 2022. As part of the final ruling, the EPA established the Clean Energy Incentive Program, which is designed to give states incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
As states continue to change their energy efficiency stance, and create more clean energy opportunities, how can homeowners play their part?