Too much of our energy comes from dirty sources that harm our environment. But by tapping the power of the sun and wind, and using less energy in the first place, we can repower our lives with clean energy that doesn’t pollute and never runs out.
With more wind and solar, we can move to a clean energy future
Too much of our energy comes from coal, oil and other dirty sources that wreak havoc on our environment.
We are surrounded by clean energy options — the power of the sun, the movement of wind and waves, the heat of the earth, even the energy leaking from drafty windows in our homes and businesses. By using energy more efficiently and tapping our vast renewable energy resources, we can move toward a future powered by clean energy that doesn’t pollute and never runs out.
Efficient buildings will spur energy savings
America’s homes are like cars that only get 10 miles to the gallon. Buildings consume 40% of America’s energy, and much of that energy is literally flying out the window rather than heating or cooling our homes and businesses. What’s worse, energy-wasting buildings are responsible for nearly half of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Millions of Americans are already weather-stripping doors and windows, insulating attics and making their homes more energy efficient and thus healthier, more comfortable and less costly to heat and cool.
If everyone makes these small changes, they can really add up — to 334 million fewer metric tons of global warming pollution emitted each year, the equivalent of taking 65.5 million cars off the road. The average family could save up to $400 on their utility bills.
Visit the Environment Connecticut Research & Policy Center's Plug Into Clean Energy Guide for tips on how to give your home an efficiency upgrade.
- From 2010 to 2011, jobs in the solar sector grew 10 times faster nationwide than the rest of the economy.
- By making our homes, businesses and other buildings just 20 percent more efficient, we could save enough energy each year to power almost 100 million homes.
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