Southern States Lagging in Energy Efficiency
Daigneau blames it on historically cheaper electricity and gas in comparison with the rest of the country, but believes a growing population might inspire greater efficiency.
A recent study by the Georgia Institute of Technology and Duke University suggests a strategy:
"...the region can introduce aggressive efficiency measures to three sectors: residences, commercial buildings and industry. By doing so, the South could offset the expected growth in energy demand over the next 20 years; it also could reduce the need for new power plants, create jobs and reduce utility bills."