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Energy-efficient appliances and vehicles can greatly reduce the amount of energy Americans use. This informational piece, part of a series about the future of energy, introduces students to the consequences of using energy more efficiently. An example about baking a pie provides students with a practical definition of efficiency. A discussion of energy-efficient appliances and processes follows as students read about the Energy Star label. The overall efficiency of a power plant is described, showing typical energy losses. The article reports on the decline of automotive fuel efficiencies and also vampire appliances. Links to PBS NewsHour articles on air conditioning efficiency, SUVs, and greener cars are provided. Nine energy-related links are included. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
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