Energy efficiency

The fastest and most affordable way to get our country’s energy use under control is to make our homes, businesses and communities more energy efficient.

Energy experts estimate that we can reduce our overall energy usage by 50 percent below current levels in the next 30 years, simply by using better technologies and eliminating waste across our economy. Reducing energy use creates big savings—for our planet, our climate and our health. More efficient energy use will clean up our air and help combat climate change. And as an added bonus, reducing energy consumption also results in lower energy bills.

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New report: By electrifying all its buildings, Illinois could reap tremendous health and climate benefits

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New report: By electrifying all its buildings, Illinois could reap tremendous health and climate benefits

Illinois ranks 4th in the nation for potential reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and 3rd in potential reduction of gas usage, according to a new report released today by Illinois PIRG Education Fund, Environment Illinois Research & Education Center, and Frontier Group. The study, Electric Buildings: Repowering Homes and Businesses for Our Health and Environment, found that completely repowering Illinois’ homes and businesses with electricity by 2050 would result in emissions reductions of 16.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide — equal to taking over 3.4 million cars off the road — and reductions in pipeline gas usage equal to 460.1 billion cubic feet.

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