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Energy Efficiency

Improving the energy efficiency of homes, businesses, schools, governments, and industries—which consume more than 70 percent of the natural gas and electricity used in the United States—is one of the most constructive, cost-effective ways to address the challenges of high energy prices, energy security and independence, air pollution, and global climate change in the near future. Energy efficiency can play a significant role in meeting our energy requirements, and it is a critical component of the overall modernization of utility energy systems worthy of the 21st century.

--National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency, Vision for 2025: A Framework for Change. Executive Summary, November 2008

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