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Conserving Energy Since the 70s

The ENERGY STAR program got its start in 1992, but energy efficiency has been around for a lot longer than that. One famous moment in the history of energy conservation was the 1973 oil crisis. With global events triggering an oil shortage in the U.S., Americans found themselves pulling up to gas stations with no fuel, and businesses with no electricity. Faced with these circumstances, they had no choice but to conserve energy.

We’ve come a long way since the 1970s, but taking a look back reminds us that saving energy is serious business, as well as an opportunity to come together for an important cause. Today, we care about energy efficiency for more global reasons. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change.

Are you ready for some throwback energy-saving inspiration? Take a look at how Americans saved energy during the 1970s, and encouraged others to join in!

Source: The U.S. National Archives Documerica album by David Falconer, 1973.

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