United States of Efficiency

Energy Efficiency: Clean, Cheap—and Here Today!

Simply by making our appliances and electronics use less energy, we can save money, create jobs and fight global warming.

It's not just about changing lightbulbs. It's about setting benchmarks to make all the products we use more efficient. Adopting strong national standards could save consumers $16 billion a year on utility bills by 2030.

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Learn More: Efficient Facts

  • In late March 2010, DOE decided on new standards for residential water heaters that delivered huge dollar savings to Americans and significantly boosted national efforts to combat climate change. The new standards will save American households $8.7 billion over the next 30 years; they'll save 2.6 quads of energy, which is enough to meet the total needs of about 13 million typical U.S. households for one year; and they'll cut carbon pollution by 154 million metric tons, an amount equal to the typical annual emissions of 30 million cars.
  • On June 30, 2009, President Obama announced new standards for fluorescent light tubes that will save enough energy annually to power all U.S. homes for almost a year, while saving consumers $1 billion to $4 billion a year in utility bills.
  • Potential energy savings by 2030 from all appliance standards under review: 1.9 trillion kilowatt-hours a year, roughly enough power to meet the total electricity needs of every American household for 18 months.
  • Potential cost savings on energy bills: $123 billion total.
  • New power plants that won't be needed by 2030: 63 new conventional coal-fired power plants.
  • Global warming CO2 emissions eliminated each year: 158 million metric tons, equivalent to taking 30 million cars off the road.
  • Jobs created by adoption of a national efficiency standard requiring a 15% cut in electricity use and 10% cut in natural gas use: 222,000.

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The DOE is setting new efficiency standards for more than a dozen categories of home and commercial appliances. Adopting strong standards for all of them—standards achievable with existing technology—would cut emissions of more than 126 million metric tons of global warming gases each year by 2030.