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12 Days of Energy Savings: A new year’s resolution for every American

On the last day of the year, let’s take a step away from 2012 and into 2013 with resolve for a different kind of New Year’s resolution: saving more energy, which can drive positive change for a stronger, more secure and sustainable future for our families.

The Department of Energy is setting a good example, ringing in the New Year with “12 Days of Energy Savings.”

DOE recommends 12 simple steps that can help Americans save on their home energy bill, including purchasing rechargeable batteries and an ENERGY STAR battery charger, buying ENERGY STAR electronics and making energy efficiency upgrades following a home energy audit.

Greater energy efficiency can have a big impact on the chemistry industry, too. That’s because nearly every energy-saving technology depends on innovations made possible by chemistry.

The more products of chemistry that can help make smart use of our domestic energy supplies while reducing energy costs for businesses and families, the more our industry can grow, create jobs and drive economic growth.

Just take a look at a recent report from the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), which found that the adoption of existing energy efficiency technologies made possible by chemistry could help reduce energy use in buildings by 41 percent by 2050 and help to drive long-term energy savings in the U.S.

Want to see the big picture? Watch Chemistry and Energy Efficient Buildings, an animated video based on the ICCA report. You may be surprised at the difference chemistry and a simple New Year’s resolution can make!

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