A Country Lowers Its Energy Bill

America is energized. In the last decade, U.S. energy production grew 24 percent, while energy consumption steadily declined. One reason for the shifts is changes made by businessescollege campuses and cities — changes that have helped the environment and reduced costs. Here are details about America’s recent progress and future plans.

This graphic shows changes in U.S. energy production, solar panel costs, LED usage, overall energy use in the United States, and projected heavy-duty vehicle use standards and fuel efficiency for cars and trucks. (State Dept. / Julia Maruszewski)
This graphic shows changes in U.S. energy production, solar panel costs, LED usage, overall energy use in the United States, and projected heavy-duty vehicle use standards and fuel efficiency for cars and trucks. (State Dept. / Julia Maruszewski)