Employing energy-efficient technology such as ENERGY STAR qualified products can help reduce emissions (air pollution) from power plants that produce energy. Carbon dioxide emission is a primary cause of global climate change, sulfur dioxide is a key component of acid rain, and nitrogen oxide is responsible for smog.
For each kilowatt-hour (kWh) that you save through the application of energy-efficiency technologies, you are reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides.
Making your facility more energy efficient means you will use less energy and save money, while helping the environment at the same time! Since utilities will not need to generate as much electricity, they won't burn as much fossil fuel, which means they are releasing less pollution into the atmosphere. To find out more about estimating how much money you can save by reducing your facility's energy use, please visit the Calculate section of this guide.
Michigan Interfaith Power and Light (MiIPL) is an example of pollution prevention through energy savings. MiIPL is a coalition of congregations and their partners across the State of Michigan whose mission is to "involve communities of faith as stewards of God's creation by promoting and implementing energy efficiency, renewable energy and related sustainable practices". To see a breakdown of the total emissions reductions to date that MiIPL has achieved through energy saving measures visit www.miipl.org .