ENERGY
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  • 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.
     

  • Within this decade, more than 1/2 of the nuclear power plants in this country will reach expiration age and be decommissioned. Estimated 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 FREE MARKET

  • 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 last three years.
     

  • The Ford Motor Plant in Chicago Heights spent $840,000 for a solar wall which offsets 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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