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New interactive case studies showcase the chemistry driving U.S. energy efficiency

All told, the products of chemistry and plastics help Americans save up to $85 billion a year in energy costs. But what’s less “telling,” one might say, is just how these products work — and how hard ACC member companies work every day to make their chemistry work better for you.

ACC members are on the leading edge of developing energy efficiency innovations that help save energy while reducing costs for American families and businesses.

For a more interactive learning experience, we’ve transformed around a dozen (and counting) energy efficiency case studies from and built them into a more dynamic display, complete with interactive roll-over graphics, video and surprising facts.

You may view them here:

You’ll learn about products from companies like BASF, Celanese, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Eastman — and that gets us only to the letter “E” in our list of innovative ACC members.

Importantly, what you’ll find is that nearly every energy-saving product is enabled by chemistry. Products like spray polyurethane foam and rigid insulation; low emissivity window films, solar shingles and other photovoltaic solutions. Even a warm mix asphalt that requires less fuel to lay than conventional “hot mix” asphalt — AND it reduces emissions.

Products of chemistry and plastics like these save up to 11.1 percent of total U.S. energy consumption – enough to power, light, heat and cool up to 56 million homes or power 135 million vehicles annually.

By empowering Americans to do more with the energy we use to power, heat and cool our homes, vehicles, offices and even manufacturing facilities, chemistry helps makes our country more energy secure.

And there are few benefits more telling of the value of innovation, than that.

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