WASHINGTON - Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in support of several bills aimed at improving energy efficiency for homeowners, businesses and public schools.
The bottom line, Collins said, is that using energy more efficiently lowers costs, "ultimately saving families, businesses, and governments at all levels money."
Collins said it's far better to cut the amount of energy used to heat homes or schools than to have to figure out how to pay for new electric generation facilities, or natural gas distribution pipelines or other energy systems.
The Maine Republican is the sponsor, or co-sponsor, of several energy efficiency measures pending before the committee.
Maine Sen. Angus King serves on the committee. He joked that he always listens to what Collins says and said the committee should as well.