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Energy Efficiency in 90 Seconds

Kristin Eberhard

Posted February 11, 2013 in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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When people talk about “clean energy,” they often mean wind or solar power, and when they’re discussing “energy efficiency" or "energy conservation,” they’re usually talking about doing things like remembering to turn off the lights.

But energy efficiency IS clean energy, just like solar and wind. It’s also cheaper than fossil fuels and doesn’t create pollution. It’s an energy resource that your local utility can help you create by taking simple steps that add up to defeating the behemoth of Dirty Power that’s overheating our planet and fouling our air and water.  It can also save us money on our utility bills!

Here’s a fun, 90-second animated (and acronym-free) video that explains more about our cheapest, cleanest energy resource, and how to use it to “starve the beast” by working with our local utilities to help us use this type of clean energy instead of dirtier, riskier alternatives.

When you contact your local utility, ask about the energy efficiency programs and rebates they offer to help you contribute build the energy effciency resource and save money. If they don't offer much, tell them it's important to you that they do. 

Luckily for those of us living in Los Angeles, our local utility, LADWP is expanding its energy efficiency programs. You can participate, make your home more comfortable, save money, and starve the beast! Click here to apply for LADWP’s new Home Energy Improvement Program, where LADWP technicians will evaluate your home and determine where they can help you improve. Click here to find out about and apply for all of LADWP’s efficiency rebate programs, including getting money towards the purchase of a more efficient refrigerator or clothes washer. 

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