Buildings – including offices, homes, and stores – use 40% of our energy and 70% of our electricity. The Alliance promotes the adoption, implementation, and advancement of building energy codes; influences national public policy and opinion on energy codes; and educates consumers on the need for and benefits of energy efficiency in buildings.
School buildings are the third biggest energy user of all commercial building types, accounting for 10% of the energy used. Each year, K-12 schools spend $8 billion and universities spend $6 billion on energy. The Alliance's K-12 and higher education programs empower students to change the culture of their academic environment to one that embraces energy efficiency.
The Alliance’s Industrial Program provides outreach, research & analysis, advocacy and standards development services for federal, state, utility and private sector organizations in efforts to advance energy efficiency in the country’s 200,000 factories, refineries, steel mills, and other industrial plants, which account for about 32% of domestic energy use.
All countries could do more to cut down on energy waste and save the world’s energy resources. Energy efficiency provides a solution for addressing global energy demand, particularly in developing and transitioning countries due to their rapid urbanization and new markets. The Alliance has carried out international programs in more than 30 countries around the world drawing on the expertise of the Alliance’s U.S. and internationally-based staff.
The Alliance collaborates with utilities to assist in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of energy efficiency and renewable energy activities, which are proven to be the cheapest, fastest, and cleanest ways to respond to utility shortages and challenges.
States and localities have primary responsibility for many policy areas that have a great impact on energy use and efficiency, including building codes, utility regulation, and community planning. The Alliance works with other stakeholders to develop and promote successful state and local energy efficiency policies.