Thirty-five years worth of efficiency measures have saved California about $56 billion in electricity costs and created 1.5 million jobs, according to a new study.
According to the study's author, UC Berkeley economics professor David Roland-Holst: "Energy efficiency is very good for real incomes, purchasing power and job creation. Energy efficiency has really helped us stimulate the economy."
The study analyzed the economic impacts of government policies enacted since the early 1970s that have made California the most energy-efficient state in the nation. These measures include energy-efficiency standards for new homes, buildings and household appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines.
The average Californian now uses about 40 percent less electricity than the average American.
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