Economic Program | Idea Brief
Saving Energy in the Home and Small Business
It used to be that energy was cheap and plentiful and our homes and businesses were built with little consideration about consumption and cost. In the past, home energy was consumed almost exclusively through heat and air conditioning, kitchen uses, and lights. Today, energy is expensive and often dirty. And our consumption habits have changed as computers, televisions, alarm systems, and phone chargers run all day and night. Our homes and businesses were built for a previous era on an outdated energy infrastructure model. But now Americans are becoming more mindful of our energy usage and they want to save money, reduce consumption, and help the environment. However, energy efficiency measures can be expensive upfront and the pay off comes much later. But efficiency can spur economic growth and the creation of jobs and businesses in this new and expanding field.
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