Tapping the Power of Conservation
From mountaintop removal to climate change, burning coal and fossil fuels for energy, just isn’t a path for a bright future. Fortunately America has a little-tapped energy source that is rarely talked about – conservation. For example, before the city of Austin, Texas agreed to build a new 500 megawatt coal-fired power plant, they first turned to efficiency. At a fraction of the cost of building a power plant, refrigerators, insulation, and windows were replaced. The city’s “conservation power plant” ended up cutting 700 megawatts of power usage, and residents benefit by saving money on utilities every month.