Energy efficiency movement 'growing in the US'

Energy efficiency is growing in stature as a method of cutting carbon emissions in the US, although some states are still lagging behind when it comes to saving power.

This is according to the environmental news service Grist, which claims that there is still a "wide variation in energy efficiency among states", despite major energy-saving initiatives such as the project recently launched in California.

Citing figures from the Rocky Mountain Institute, it reveals that if the 40 least efficient states were to raise their level to that of the ten most efficient, overall electricity use would be reduced by a third.

In an article published in the Guardian, the news provider states that an "energy efficiency revolution" is now underway in the US, with the election of president Obama helping to kick-start proceedings.

"Shifting from incandescent bulbs to the newer light-emitting diodes (LEDs), combined with motion sensors to turn lights off in unoccupied spaces, can cut electricity use by more than 90 per cent," Grist explains.

The website notes that the city of Los Angeles is aiming to shave $10 million (£6.1 million) off its annual electricity costs by replacing 140,000 traditional street lights with LEDs.

Last month, the California Public Utilities Commission confirmed that $3.1 billion will be devoted to energy efficiency projects for the state's four main utility providers.

Published by Hannah Walsh

Friday 16th October 2009

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