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In New Congress, Energy Efficiency May Be A Winner

When you think about major uses of energy in the U.S., transportation and power plants come to mind. And then there are buildings — which account for 20 percent of total energy consumption in the United States.

Much of that energy is pure waste: heat escapes from poorly insulated walls and lights remain on when no one is around.

Energy efficiency is one of the few issues with wide bipartisan support in both the public and the private sector.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Inside Energy reporter Jordan Wirfs-Brock brings us the latest in a series on energy policy and what is likely under the new GOP-controlled Congress.

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado is the country's largest net-zero energy building. The duct-work is in the floor, unlike in most buildings, where it's in the ceilings. (Anna Boiko-Weyrauch / Rocky Mountain PBS I-News)
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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado is the country's largest net-zero energy building. The duct-work is in the floor, unlike in most buildings, where it's in the ceilings. (Anna Boiko-Weyrauch / Rocky Mountain PBS I-News)