The amount of energy America is wasting is almost too big to believe. In 2017, the nation consumed 97.7 quadrillion Btus of energy, two-thirds of which was wasted. While this waste is largely caused by inefficient, non-renewable energy production systems, the ways we use energy in our homes, businesses and travels also contribute to our waste problem.
But the good news is that the path forward is clear. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) estimates that we can reduce our overall energy usage by 40 to 60 percent below current levels by midcentury, simply by using better technologies and eliminating waste across our economy.
Reducing energy use creates big savings—for our planet, our climate and our health. More efficient energy use will clean up our air and help combat climate change. As an added bonus, reducing energy consumption results in lower energy bills.