Guest post by Michael Timberlake from the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE). ASE is a new EarthShare member charity that promotes energy efficiency worldwide through research, education and advocacy.
Question: What's the cleanest, fastest, and cheapest way we can fight climate change and reduce emissions?
The answer is simple: It’s the energy we don’t use. And, believe it or not, you have quite a bit of control over your energy use.
Deciding to use more or less energy is something people do every day—turning lights on or off, raising or lowering the thermostat, choosing efficient appliances and LED lighting, or even investing in a total home retrofit. Using less energy means more than just lower energy bills. It equals less greenhouse gas emissions, the need to build fewer power plants, less demand for fuel imports, and less energy waste.
That’s the goal of the Alliance to Save Energy’s Energy 2030 plan. America wastes more than HALF of the energy that comes into its economy. So instead of focusing billions on new sources of energy or ways to conserve fuel, Energy 2030 simply wants to help eliminate waste and be more productive with our energy use.
The goal is to double our nation’s energy productivity by 2030, helping families and businesses get twice as much production from their energy while reducing pollution across the economy. You can use less, and do much, much more.
And it’s a goal critical to President Obama’s plan to tackle climate change. Carbon emissions could be cut by one third, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions slashed by 50 percent, and foreign oil imports reduced by more than $100 billion a year, all from doubling energy productivity.
See how critical using less energy can really be? Low-cost ideas such as making it easier for homeowners to invest in energy efficiency, regularly updating the tax code to provide sustained tax incentives for efficient technologies, enabling consumers to see and understand their energy use, and strengthening standards put the power to help fight climate change and reduce energy use in your hands.
If you’re interested in learning more and lending your voice, visit ASE’s website for reports, “Take Action” steps, and recommendations about how the US can double energy productivity by 2030.