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News: Saving energy without losing comfort — data show the formula is working

The contemporary energy efficiency movement has promised we can save energy without compromising comfort – and that seems to be working according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

American homes are getting bigger, yet we have reduced our energy intensity – a measure of energy efficiency calculated as units of energy per unit of gross domestic product.

In fact, between 1980 and 2009 we reduced our energy intensity by 37 percent. Had this not occurred, we would have used 3.9 quads more of energy in 2009, according to EIA.

We were able to save energy, even though our houses got bigger by 20 percent. And we even filled our bigger homes with bigger televisions and more computers, appliances and electronics.

Read the full story. (Energy Efficiency Markets)