While new technologies and renewable energy sources are gaining popularity, energy efficiency remains the easiest and single most cost-effective way to cut energy use. Simply put, energy efficiency is “doing more with less energy.” Commercial buildings account for 19% of the energy consumed in the United States and studies have repeatedly shown that efficient buildings and appropriate land use offer opportunities to save money while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There are an unlimited number of ways that companies can reduce their energy usage and an unlimited number of reasons for your company to increase its energy efficiency.
Energy efficiency can save you money, improve the economy, reduce your environmental impact, and can even enhance quality of life.3 Efficient use of energy throughout your country results in less money spent on energy costs by homeowners, schools, government agencies, businesses, and industries. That money can instead be spent on consumer goods, education, services, and products.