Energy efficiency could provide the nation with billions of dollars in additional emission credits while cutting the amount of electricity we waste, according to a Georgia Tech report.

In the September report, Marilyn A. Brown, a professor of sustainable systems at the Atlanta university, estimated the size of the credit market for energy conservation to be from $3.8 billion to $9.4 billion in 2030 when the government’s Clean Power Plan is supposed to go into full effect.

Energy efficiency basically means getting the same benefit while using less electricity, such as installing better insulation to prevent heat or cooling loss.

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