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Energy Efficiency Saves Lives, Avoids Huge Health Costs

This story from nrdc.org provides some great insights:

Power plants that burn coal, oil, or natural gas release small particles that can embed deep in our lungs (fine particulate matter), gases that irritate our respiratory systems (like sulfur dioxide), and gases that interact with sunlight to form hazardous smog (nitrogen oxides). This pollution has been linked to a variety of serious health harms, including asthma attacks, heart attacks, and lung cancer. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency The good news is that making homes and businesses more energy efficient is a cost-effective way to avoid pollution from power plants—and pollution from the use of heating oil and natural gas inside homes. Smarter energy use means we don’t have to generate as much of it to power our homes and businesses. Energy Efficiency Saves Lives, Avoids Huge Health Costs

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