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What You Need To Know About Energy

Energy Efficiency

Increasing the energy supply is not the only answer to a stable energy future. Reducing demand through the improved efficiency of devices and procedures has the same end result. Learn about energy efficiency “wins” from the past and areas showing potential for the future.

Getting More for Less

Getting More for Less

The United States, with only 4.4% of the planet’s population, consumes 18% of the world’s total energy.

What’s “energy intensity” and why is it important to the ways in which the United States will meet its future energy needs?

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CAFE Standards

CAFE Standards

Federal standards have prompted a dramatic increase in vehicle fuel efficiency and more may be on the way.

The CAFE standards set fuel efficiency requirements for all cars and light trucks and new regulations are focusing on medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, such as tractor-trailers. Find out how these regulations affect our demand for oil.

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Industrial Efficiency

Industrial Efficiency

Industry accounts for about one-third of all the energy consumed in the United States, more than any other sector of the economy.

Seven industries are responsible for three-fourths of the energy used by the industrial sector. Which industries are the most energy-intensive and what are some targets for efficiency improvements?

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Refrigeration

Refrigeration

In the past 30 years, the amount of energy required to run a household refrigerator has been reduced by two-thirds.

In the mid-1970s, government and industry joined forces to research and develop improvements to the efficiency of household refrigerators. Find out more about this energy efficiency success story.

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Lighting

Lighting

Lighting accounts for 15% of the electricity used in the U.S. residential and commercial sectors.

It is one area in which great strides are being made in boosting energy efficiency. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), for example, use energy more efficiently than traditional incandescent lightbulbs. Lamps that employ light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are even more efficient. What are the prospects for further improvements?

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Heating & Cooling

Heating & Cooling

Current trends indicate that by 2040 residential buildings will consume up to 28% less energy for heating but about 50% more for cooling.

Controlling our indoor climate requires a lot of energy. Learn how advances in heating and cooling efficiency are helping to offset demographic, climate, and lifestyle trends that in recent years have been driving up the demand for energy.

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Energy Defined

Smart Grid

An electric grid that is able to use two-way communication and computer processing to provide increased reliability and efficiency. Smart grids may be able to automate and control more functions than the current electric grid.

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