Over the past seven years, utilities in Illinois and Missouri have made significant investments in programs designed to help their customers use less energy. The programs were prompted, in large part, by state policies seeking to maximize the many benefits of energy efficiency. These investments have improved the lives of utility customers by reducing their energy expenses and creating healthier, more comfortable living environments that can reduce incidences of illnesses like asthma. Additionally, these investments reduce pollution and contribute to local economies by creating jobs. Recent studies have found that energy efficiency jobs make up fully 62 percent of clean energy jobs in Illinois and 83 percent in Missouri—60,000 and 32,500 jobs, respectively.