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Energy Efficiency Can Help Us Emerge from the Pandemic

Lara Ettenson, the director of the Energy Efficiency Initiative at NRDC, writes that the COVID-19 crisis and issues of energy efficiency are closely related. Energy saving programs can lower consumers’ bills, create healthier living situations, and create new jobs for the recently unemployed, and all of these things will help those suffering from COVID-19 and its economic fallout.

Ettenson recommends investing in energy efficiency programs, which have already saved US customers 60% of projected costs. She contends that it will be especially effective to focus on existing buildings where people live, work, and recover from illnesses: this way, people can begin to see immediate impacts and savings, instead of needing to wait for large future construction projects.

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