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This paper explains how investing in energy efficiency increases net employment, including as a result of the money saved by energy efficiency improvements being spent locally in support of household and community development. This higher efficiency also allows a sustained improvement in the quality of life with cleaner air, better health, less damage from climate change, and less spent on health care and recovery from climate disasters. Low income and otherwise disadvantaged communities in areas despoiled by fossil fuel extraction and combustion for energy and industry all benefit from clean renewable energy (solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal) and more affordable appliance operating costs.