In 2017, energy efficiency programs in Texas “reduced air pollution by as much as put out by 2.2 million cars, while saving consumers billions of dollars last year,” according to the Energy System Laboratory at Texas A&M. In 2017, according to the data obtained by the lab at A&M, a combination of “tighter building efficiency standards, utility rebates,” and other programs greatly reduced air pollution, water usage, and saved Texans money on energy bills. One agency helping make these changes happen for lower income homes is BakerRipley, which “helps hundreds of Houstonians renovate their homes to save energy and money.” Simple changes like sealing AC ducts, replacing inefficient light bulbs, and installing solar screens can greatly reduce energy costs and expenditure.

Though the 2017 emissions decreases should be celebrated, it’s also worth noting that Texas was one of only 10 states that, between 2008 and 2016, saw a decrease in energy efficiency compared to total energy consumption. To continue increasing its energy efficiency, Environment Texas notes that Texas could “could embrace to boost its use of clean energy technologies.” Outdated cars and appliances waste a lot of resources, and some simple home updates could help individuals both save money and reduce their energy output. Environment Texas released a guide to saving energy, which provides citizens with methods to “conserve energy and reduce wasted energy.” With these types of efforts by nonprofits, research groups, and agencies, hopefully Texas can continue to save money and resources, and reduce its waste and emissions output.

Read the news release by Environment Texas here.