Blog to Save Energy

On July 11th, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), reintroduced legislation that would update current tax codes for commercial roofs, creating jobs in the construction industry while expanding energy efficiency in the built environment. S.2388, the Energy-Efficient Cool Roof Jobs Act, enjoys bipartisan support, with Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Dean Heller (R-NV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Alliance Honorary Vice-Chair Susan Collins (R-ME) signing on as co-sponsors. A companion bill, H.R.4740, has also been introduced to the House by Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ).
Developments in energy efficiency technology will allow consumers to save more energy than ever before.
By now, you’ve likely heard about smart technologies that “learn” your habits and automatically adjust the energy use of your home. Companies like Nest and Opower as well as terms like the “Internet of Things” were completely unfamiliar just a few years ago, and are now working their way into everyday conversations. There’s a lot of information out there — let’s take a look at a few of the factors contributing to the surge of big investments in energy efficiency technology.
Energy 2030 recommendations alight with Chairman Upton's "Architecture of Abundance" energy policy plan.

Energy efficiency has served for nearly four decades and remains today as America’s cheapest, cleanest and most abundant resource.

It’s no wonder House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) capitalized on the abundance of energy efficiency opportunities in his energy plan. Released last week, the plan consists of five pillars that address current energy issues while also providing a foundation for future energy policy.

When you were younger, you may not have thought that your dream job would include advancing energy efficiency, but the booming sector-within-sectors shows that for many people, working towards an efficient future has replaced childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut. A wide range of sectors are adopting energy efficient practices and new policies are favoring energy efficiency, which is rapidly increasing the demand for EE experts.
The DOE should have the authority to enforce energy efficiency standards for light bulbs.
On July 10, the House of Representatives turned its attention to the FY2015 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. That bill had passed out of committee on voice vote. Representatives filed 78 floor amendments to the bill, several of which would have reduced or eliminated funding to the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). However, the House continued to show strong leadership for energy efficiency.
The American EV market is growing rapidly.
Good news, car buyers! Recent data from the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) show the number of plug-in vehicles on American roads has doubled since June 2013. The year-over-year trends are very encouraging and reflect the increasing energy efficiency of the electric car market. The transportation sector in the United States accounts for 30% of the country’s carbon emissions, 60% of which come from light-duty vehicles. This underscores the fact that efficient cars offer great potential for decreasing our country’s emissions.
The French are leaders in energy efficiency policy and practices.
Happy Bastille Day! Today, France commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, and here at the Alliance we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate the country for being a leader in energy efficiency policies and practices. Here’s a look at what France has accomplished to date in support of efficiency.
Boston tops the Alliance's list of most energy efficient vacation destinations.
There are many things to keep in mind when planning a summer vacation. This year, consider using your vacation days on a trip to a city that not only prides itself on its culture, weather and attractions, but also on its energy efficiency. Major cities across the country have transformed the way their buildings and communities use energy and now is the perfect time to experience first-hand how these popular destinations manage to entertain visitors while also saving energy.
Fortune 100 companies are investing in energy efficiency.
When considering whether or not particular investments have been deemed successful, it makes sense to look at how the largest companies in the country are spending their money. In Power Forward 2.0, a recent report authored by Ceres, David Gardiner & Associates, The World Wildlife Fund and Calvert Investments, it’s abundantly clear that Fortune 100 companies are prioritizing the investment in energy efficiency. In fact, fifty-three companies are reporting a collective savings of $1.1 billion annually from efforts to reduce emissions, become more efficient and source more renewable energy.
Keep your celebrations energy efficient during the Fourth of July.
July Fourth is often a time reserved for backyard barbeques, fireworks and, of course a celebration of American independence. But while you prepare for this holiday weekend, don’t neglect your energy-saving conscience. Regardless of whether or not you’re from the U.S., by incorporating efficient practices into your weekend festivities you can contribute to an improved economy, environment and have a role in strengthening the energy independence of our country.

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