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The House successfully passed bipartisan energy efficiency legislation
Tuesday, January 24th was a day unlike many in the U.S House of Representatives. As the House Energy and Commerce Committee met to markup its very first energy efficiency bill of this Congress, the Better Buildings Act (H.R. 2126), a sense of bipartisanship filled the room. Riding a wave of support among Members of Commerce, their constituents, and a diverse group of industry leaders, the Committee quickly and easily approved the bill by a voice vote.Why does H.R. 2126 have such strong backing from both political parties, you ask? That answer is simple; the legislation saves both money and energy. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), enacting this bill will reduce consumer and business energy costs by nearly $2 billion and CO2 emissions by 11.75 million metric tons by 2030. These steps and more are necessary if we are to meet the president’s goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030.
A broken link between growing economy and increased energy use

Isn’t it comforting when you see independent, unbiased confirmation that all of your hard work is paying off?

When the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition (EECC) united a broad band of unlikely allies in 2007 – from governmental and efficiency leaders to regional energy efficiency organizations, businesses, labor, utilities, consumer & low-income advocacy groups, manufacturers and environmental groups – our initial goal was to end two decades of meager efficiency gains in America’s model building energy code (the International Energy Conservation Code or IECC).

A long line of electrical transmission towers carrying high voltage energy.
Doubling America’s energy productivity by 2030—a goal adopted by the President and first articulated by the Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy in Energy 2030— once again has emerged as a central focus in a new and important national clean energy action plan released this week. Powering Forward: Presidential and Executive Agency Actions to Drive Clean Energy in America, a report from the New Energy Economy (CNEE), founded and led by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, offers 200 ideas for presidential action to curb climate change and advance a clean energy economy. In it, energy efficiency is recognized as Job No. 1, and the “quickest, cheapest and among the most effective ways to achieve a clean economy.”
A reminder to power off when leaving town.

With a holiday weekend just hours away there is a great chance that some of you have plans to get out of dodge. But before you lock the door to hail that taxi, or get in the car and scroll to the road trip playlist on your iPod, don’t forget to shut down your house.

Here are 3 quick and extremely easy steps to shut down your house or apartment before a weekend trip:

Close-up of Map of the City of Los Angles

The city of Los Angeles is famous for being in abundance of a great many things: sunshine, celebrities, beaches, bad traffic, movies studios, and more sunshine. But in recent years, the City of Angels has made another addition to this list: energy efficiency.

Tomorrow, the Alliance and Southern California Edison will host Energy 2030 on the Road in L.A., highlighting the region’s recent energy efficiency progress and exploring how the city and southern California can become a leader in achieving President Obama’s goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030.

Seattle Seahawks playing the Green Bay Packers at Century Link Field.
The NFL playoffs are rolling right along, with all the electrifying plays and nail-biting endings you've all come to expect and love (sorry Chiefs fans). So with that in mind, and the energy palpable for more playoff football, it seems like an ideal time to take a look at how our favorite football teams are advancing energy efficiency. So without further adieu, here are the 5 stadiums doing the most to save energy. Did yours make the make cut?
Phase out provides energy efficient light bulb options

Do you remember Easy-Bake Ovens? Although I was never allowed to have one (something about gender stereotypes and second degree burns), I had enough playdates to understand how they worked—light bulbs inside of a little pink oven baked a tiny cake enough to eat.

The reason that these light bulbs were able to bake something is because 90 percent of the energy produced by traditional incandescent light bulbs is wasted as heat. That was good news for kids baking cakes in their bedrooms, but bad news for everyone using light bulbs for their actual purpose (ya know, for light!). Fortunately, this huge waste of energy and money is gradually being rectified by the phase-in of new lighting standards.

Energy price spike due to extreme weather
Energy in the form of warmth is on the minds of many of us as an Arctic blast covers a large swath of North America today. It’ll be on our minds when our utility bills arrive soon too. Even as hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and horizontal drilling have driven a boom in the U.S. oil and natural gas sectors, leading to increased supply and moderated prices, an E&E News article today reminds us that energy prices can still be volatile.
New Year's resolutions.

Happy New Year! Here at the Alliance to Save Energy we’re thinking about energy efficiency 24/7. So we put together a list of some of the most common New Year’s resolutions, and revamped them with an energy-efficient spin.

Not only will these resolutions help you save energy and money in 2014, but many of them are so easy to adopt that we’re willing to bet you’ll still be following them come February.

New Year's celebration in London.
New Year’s celebrations around the world are varied and vibrant, but one consistency amongst the worldwide countdowns is an over-the-top display of fireworks and lights. We’ve compiled a list of sites that put on the most impressive (and efficient) LED light shows to bid adieu to 2013!

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