Bipartisan energy efficiency bill reaches Senate floor

Earlier in July, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio collaborated to draft a new, bipartisan bill aimed at improving energy efficiency in the United States. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act – or Shaheen-Portman, as it has come to be known – has now made its way to the Senate floor, where supporters are hopeful the green legislation will be voted into law. But what makes this bill so important?

The Huffington Post reports that the U.S. is second only to China in global energy consumption. As a result, our country wastes billions every year on unnecessary energy expenses. Not only is this fiscally irresponsible in an already strained economy, but it's also environmentally harmful, contributing significantly to climate change. The root cause of this problem can be found in the smallest and most common everyday fixtures that we would never think twice about – such as computers.

According to the Huffington Post, the average computer and monitor consume 250 and 80 watts, respectively, every day. Individually, these numbers are not worth mentioning. But when factored over 310 million computers across the U.S., this represents a profound consumption of electricity. One of the provisions included in Shaheen-Portman seeks to implement new efficient computers across the nation to help mitigate this problem.

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