Page ContentEnergy conservation is widely regarded as the fastest and cheapest means to reduce demand for electric power and delay the need for new power generating facilities. Accordingly, it is often the first option considered when power demand begins to outpace supply. Public and private utilities strongly endorse conservation with some offering loans and grants for energy efficiency improvements in homes and businesses. Improvements in lighting technology, especially compact fluorescent light bulbs, have helped conserve electricity used for lighting by 75 percent or more. Improvements in electric motor efficiencies are likewise helping to save energy. Energy Northwest is a strong proponent of energy conservation and the development of renewable energy generating facilities. The agency actively supports local utility efforts to promote energy efficiency and conservation. To learn more about how you can conserve at home contact your local utility provider.