Buildings account for approximately 40 percent of U.S. energy use, signaling significant opportunities to reduce energy and cost savings for businesses and consumers. Throughout the 2016 presidential race, we have been encouraged by candidates on both sides of the aisle who have recognized that energy efficiency can provide energy and cost savings for businesses and consumers, greater national security, and a cleaner environment. We welcome additional ideas for strategies that will modernize America’s energy economy from presidential candidates in both parties. Below, we outline proposed building energy efficiency policies from U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
This past year, our family’s combined monthly electric and gas utility bill hit $500 for the first time. It wouldn’t be the last. In fact, even though we use roughly the same amount of energy we always have — perhaps even less — exorbitant energy costs appear to be the new normal for us. This realization put us over the edge. Our utility bills had been rising since we moved into our two-story, four-bedroom Bay Area home a quarter century ago. In response, we had been gradually upgrading the energy efficiency of our home and signing up for dynamic pricing programs that charge more when the power system is stressed and less when it has ample capacity. But $500 represented a tipping point. Drastic action was needed.
The Alliance to Save Energy invites companies, organizations and individuals to enter the 2016 Star of Energy Efficiency Awards competition. This prestigious award honors those entities and individuals who have demonstrated a significant and tangible commitment to the cause of energy efficiency. Read on to learn why entering the competition is worthwhile.
In the first post of this series, I examined how the Energy Information Administration (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) forecasts changed over time and shifted after the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which contained provisions to increase energy efficiency. In the second post, I analyzed how these policies impacted each sector of the economy – residential, commercial, industrial and transportation. In this post, I will turn to some of the alternative cases, which model the “what-if” scenarios of different variables that EIA developed to quantify the relative impacts of more aggressive energy efficiency policies. Spoiler alert – they are massive!
The principal beneficiary of building energy codes is the average homeowner. Homeowners who purchase new houses built to the specifications of updated building energy codes can be more confident in the long term value, sustainability and return on their investments. It is reasonable for homeowners to assume that newer homes are more energy efficient than ones built 10, 20, or 30 years ago. Recent efficiency gains in building energy codes, developed and implemented by state and local officials, have effectively turned an assumption of energy efficiency into an assurance.
Many major corporations are progressing toward incorporating energy efficiency into their corporate visions as a means to achieving their triple bottom line, a framework that measures social, environmental and financial performance as part of the overall company evaluation. Along the way, many face hurdles in internal financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects due to time, budget and expertise constraints.

This guest blog post was written by William Varley, American Water 's Senior Vice President, Northeast Division.

World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on March 22.

The spirit of the annual UN World Water Day is for people everywhere to show that they care about water and that they have the power to make a difference on both a local and global level. It’s easy to find inspiration in the messages available at , which this year focus on the power that water and jobs have to transform people’s lives. Nearly all jobs have a direct relationship to water and it is truly our most precious resource.


Did you know that, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day? Last year, Obama Administration held a “Roundtable of Water Innovation” event and experts said that the country could reduce its water usage by 33 percent by taking simple measures like turning the water off when brushing teeth.
Congressional leaders have adopted an accelerated schedule to consider and approve funding levels for the federal government in the next fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2017). And so the Alliance to Save Energy and our supporters in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have responded with strong statements and actions in support for robust funding for energy efficiency programs at the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Generally, this year, the Alliance is advocating for funding in line with President Obama’s budget (summarized here) and support for his significant “Mission Innovation” initiative, which would increase funding for important research and development activities in the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and elsewhere across the department.
This post is the second of a four-part series that will analyze the evolution of Annual Energy Outlook’s (AEO) forecasts to show how major federal policies have changes the shape of our energy future, how these and other policies have impacted certain sectors of the economy, and where opportunities for additional savings remain untapped.