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Overview
Energy efficiency is a measure of how much value we get from energy we consume; any increase in efficiency means a decrease in use and consequently savings in cost, pollution, carbon emissions and foreign dependence. Estimates of past and potential future energy and cost savings resulting from increases in energy efficiency vary widely, but all suggest that it is one of our most substantial "new energy" resources.
 
Reducing energy demand by efficient use is often the cleanest, least expensive and most effective way to improve the adequacy of energy supply. Energy efficiency reduces air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions and alleviates energy dependence and balance-of-payments problems. Energy efficiency encompasses the policies or practices that help us evaluate the full cost of our energy choices and get more output from a unit of energy.
 
Reference: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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General Resources
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
EREN is the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's premier resource for information on renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Great Lakes Wind Collaborative
The Great Lakes Wind Collaborative (GLWC) is a group established to build consensus and identify and address issues affecting the planning, development, and operation of wind power facilities in the Great Lakes region.

Sustainable Minnesota
Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ME3)
This site is to help citizens and organizations in Minnesota and the region get timely information to promote sustainable energy policies.

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Codes and Standards
Energy Efficiency Codes and Standards for Illinois
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
The report explores options and cost-effectiveness for a statewide building energy code as well as statewide equipment efficiency standards that would reduce energy demand in Illinois.

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Programs and Projects
Energy Star Programs And Products
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA has teamed with the private sector in encouraging the production and use of energy-efficient equipment.

Federal Energy Management Program
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
The program aims at reducing the cost of government by advancing energy efficiency, water conservation and the use of solar and other renewable energy.

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