An article by Linda Hardesty, Energy Manager Today.

The state of the US energy economy has never been better, according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. One key finding: Energy efficiency has contributed more to meeting America’s needs than all other resources combined.

NRDC’s first annual Energy and Environment Report, America’s (Amazingly) Good Energy News, analyzes new government data that shows total US energy use in 2012 was below the 1999 level even though the economy grew by more than 25 percent (adjusted for inflation) during that period.

As a result of national energy efficiency measures, factories and businesses are producing substantially more products and value with less energy, and the cost of all energy services (from lighting to refrigeration) also has decreased, according to NRDC.

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