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Energy Efficiency is a Critical Tool for Protecting the Environment

Dear Representative/Senator:

As a constituent, I write today to urge you to support energy efficiency as a means of protecting our environment. Energy efficiency is one of the best strategies we have for creating a more productive and competitive economy while simultaneously protecting our natural resources. Federal efficiency policies and programs, like those housed at the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, play a critical role in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and protecting our environment.

The clearest way to understand how energy efficiency can reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to consider energy consumption. For instance, using a more efficient home appliance or vehicle means that you are able to complete the same activity while consuming less energy. By eliminating the need for that additional amount of energy, you are also eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of that energy.

A key federal program that has driven reductions in greenhouse gas emissions across the country is ENERGY STAR. Since its creation in 1992, ENERGY STAR has reduced emissions by more than 2.8 billion metric tons, while saving 4.6 trillion kWh of energy, worth $430 billion. That amount of greenhouse gas emissions is significant and is equal to roughly half the amount produced by the U.S. on an annual basis.

Protecting our national and global environment is of critical importance and energy efficiency is one of the key policies that will help us do that by reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Please support national energy efficiency policies and programs that are helping to make our environment cleaner and safer for future generations.