Energy costs have significant impacts on local communities and economies, as energy expenditures are often sent outside the local economy. Energy efficiency can help reduce energy costs, increasing disposable income and enhancing local economic activity.
Clean energy can help reduce or avoid costly energy system investments:
Clean energy can help reduce the need for new or upgraded power plant capacity, resulting in cost savings for consumers and avoided emissions from traditional power plant resources.
Clean energy can reduce the need for power from older, dirtier energy resources. This reduces fuel costs, lowers emissions and can reduce transmission costs.
Energy efficiency activities or distributed sources of renewable energy located near constrained portions of the electricity grid can help avoid, delay or reduce the need to invest in expensive transmission and distribution system upgrades.
As electricity moves through the grid, about 6 – 8 percent of the energy is lost. By increasing energy efficiency and distributed sources of renewable energy, we can reduce the amount of lost energy from the grid.
Increasing clean energy can result in fewer fossil fuel-related emissions of criteria pollution, such as ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, and lead.
Increasing clean energy can also result in fewer toxic air emissions from fossil-fuel based power, such as mercury, arsenic and dioxins. These are just a few, there are a lot more Clean Energy Ideas available.
Reducing fossil fuel emissions can improve public health by reducing the number of unhealthy air quality days and improving overall air quality. Improving air quality can lead to reduced negative public health effects, such as premature mortality and exacerbation of health conditions such as asthma, respiratory disease, and heart disease.