Turning off the lights and promoting clean energy could save money — and lives

Turning off light switches and unplugging appliances could be all it takes to save almost 500 lives and prevent some 127,000 asthma cases annually, according to a new study on what can be saved, besides money, with increased energy efficiency.

Many of those health improvements are based on a projected 12% increase in summertime energy efficiency clustered around states like Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Those states had populations near power plants now using coal, the new research, published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science & Technology, found.

A report estimates that 475 lives could be saved and 127,600 asthmas cases avoided by increased energy efficiency.

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