When people talk about about energy efficiency, it usually involves using less or upgrading to more efficient equipment, from industrial motors to televisions.
But there is a missed opportunity for far more savings, according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The study focuses on intelligent efficiency, which the authors define as a systems-based, holistic approach to energy savings that is enabled by information and communication technology.
Approaching efficiency at a systems level could allow the U.S. to reduce its overall energy use by 12 percent to 22 percent and save tens of billions of dollars, according to the ACEEE. All of the technology needed to reap these savings is already readily available; however, barriers remain, including a lack of both awareness and upfront capital… Read more