• Our government is the single largest user of energy in the U.S., spending more than $12 billion annually.

  • 65% of DOE budget has been on nuclear energy since 1957, only 10% of electricity is supplied by nuclear power plants.

  • Soon, more than 1/2 of the nuclear power plants in this country will reach expiration age and be decommissioned. Estimated decomissioning cost for each plant is $2 billion.

  • Costs of storing, transporting and disposing of nuclear waste ($?) YOUR tax dollars.

  • 5 national laboratories did 3 years of research work that shows the government could reduce its energy consumption one fifth at no additional cost to taxpayers. Investment in efficiency paid for by savings.



  • The First National Bank Plaza spent $400,000 for energy efficient lighting; annual savings = $500.000.

  • Westin Hotel in San Francisco spent $75,000 on energy efficient lighting; annual savings = $85,000.

  • Verizon spent $25 million on an energy efficiency retrofit and saved $100 million over the next three years.

  • The Ford Motor Plant (formerly) in Chicago Heights spent $840,000 for a solar wall which offset heating costs; first year savings were $350,000; following year (with more insulation) savings = $375,000

  • The wind turbines currently operating in California produce enough electricity to power more than the number of homes in San Francisco
    and are not federally subsidized.

  • Bigelow, a Chicago-based home builder, has built more than 1,000 homes in the Chicago area with no furnaces; annual heating bills are $200.


Energy Links:

  1. Biofuels from Switchgrass: Greener Energy Pastures

  2. U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    Can you buy green power for your home or business now? Find out here.




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