Energy efficiency simply means using less energy to do the same task or produce the same result, and thereby eliminating energy waste. Energy-efficient buildings and homes use less energy to heat and cool. Energy-efficient appliances and electronics use less energy to run. Energy-efficient businesses use less energy to produce their goods. Simply put, energy efficiency reduces energy costs for consumers and improves the competitiveness of our businesses.
Energy efficiency is also one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to reduce the environmental effects of consuming energy. It cleans the air we breathe by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide. The department is working with universities, businesses and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Laboratories to develop new, energy-efficient technologies while boosting the efficiency of current technologies on the market. Learn more about work being done in Missouri related to improving energy efficiency.