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This post originally appeared on NRDC's Switchboard.
Ever wonder what Californians are getting out of the more than $1 billion invested in energy-saving programs, buildings codes, and appliance standards every year? A new NRDC and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) report contains the answer - a lot!
In fact, as California's Golden Energy Efficiency Opportunity: Ramping Up Success to Save Billions and Meet Climate Goals confirms, these energy efficiency efforts have saved Californians nearly $90 billion on their energy bills since the 1970s and slashed electricity demand enough to avoid 30 large power plants (with 11 more expected to be avoided over the next decade). And that's all while helping to lower our annual household electricity bills ($240 less than the national average) and making our economy more productive.
Take a look at this infographic to get an even better idea of just how much energy efficiency does for the Golden State.