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  • FACT: Energy efficiency is a low-cost, job-creating method for significantly reducing U.S. energy demand.

  • Energy efficiency currently supports 823,105 direct jobs in the U.S. (Environmental and Energy Study Institute, June 2013, http://bit.ly/1gMZdeo)

  • Over 50% of all energy produced in the U.S. is wasted due to inefficiency. (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, May 2013, http://1.usa.gov/OWDwz3)

  • In 2011, there was $300 million of investment in the energy efficiency industry. That's as much investment as there was in oil, coal, and gas technologies combined. (International Energy Agency, October 2013, http://bit.ly/1iADhmJ)

  • Since 1974, the amount of "avoided energy" – energy that would have been consumed were it not for energy conservation efforts – is equivalent to 2/3rds of annual energy consumption. (The Economist, March 2014, http://econ.st/1bPqc9J)

  • The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2014, the comprehensive energy efficiency legislation proposed by Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Rob Portman, would create 190,000 jobs and save consumers a cumulative $99.5 billion by 2030. The legislation would not add to the deficit. (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, February 2014, http://bit.ly/1fQdCC5)

  • 90% of the energy used by incandescent light bulbs is wasted in the form of heat. New standards for efficient light bulbs, signed into law by President Bush in 2007, will save consumers $6 billion in 2015 alone. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, http://1.usa.gov/1gwrRPU)

  • The average cost of energy efficiency measures per kilowatt-hour saved is $0.025 per kW/h. That's over 33% cheaper than the average cost necessary to generate a kW/h. (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, http://bit.ly/1hir2uU)

  • Demand response techniques were expected to save ratepayers in the Chicago area an average of $200 per person in 2013. (The Chicago Tribune, May 2013, http://bit.ly/1fk2rlk)

  • If all commercial and industrial buildings in the U.S. improved at the rate of the Department of Energy's "Better Buildings" energy efficiency program, savings would total $80 billion annually by 2023. (Department of Energy, May 2013, http://1.usa.gov/1ncGNco)

  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification can reduce energy and water consumption by up to 40%. (U.S. Green Building Council, http://bit.ly/1fk2rlk)

  • By 2009, energy efficiency programs across the U.S. avoided the need for 16 gigawatts of new electricity generation capacity, saving money for ratepayers. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, September 2009, http://1.usa.gov/1geoC0M)

  • If the U.S. Government adopted an NPV-positive (in which income/savings over the life of the program outweigh the initial cost) energy efficiency plan, the U.S. could reduce energy consumption by 23% by 2020. (McKinsey & Company, July 2009, http://bit.ly/N0Ydbj)

  • Energy efficiency measures can achieve 50% of the United States' target for greenhouse gas emissions reductions by 2050. (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, July 2009, http://bit.ly/1kaUmod)

  • Energy efficiency measures are expected to make up 44% of international carbon reduction targets by 2035. (International Energy Agency, http://bit.ly/1kCUTSx)

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