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About the Alliance

About the Alliance to Save Energy

Who We Are

Founded in 1977 by two U.S. senators who recognized the enormous opportunity of energy efficiency, the Alliance to Save Energy is a bipartisan, nonprofit coalition of business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders advocating to advance federal energy efficiency policy.

Since 1977, we’ve played an integral role in nearly every major energy efficiency policy achievement on the national stage, becoming the leading national voice for efficiency policy.

Our Vision: A nation that uses energy more productively to achieve economic growth, a cleaner environment and greater energy security, affordability, and reliability.

Our Mission: To improve energy productivity by: 

  • Leading bipartisan initiatives that drive technological innovation and energy efficiency across all sectors of the economy, through policy advocacy, education, communications, and research.
  • Convening and engaging in diverse public private partnerships, collaborative efforts and strategic alliances to optimize resources and expand our sphere of influence.

Why energy efficiency?

Energy efficiency is our nation’s most abundant energy resource and a critical component of U.S. productivity and environmental sustainability. It is both a significant economic opportunity – representing one of the largest and fastest-growing employment sectors in the energy economy – and the single most effective strategy we have for addressing climate change. In fact, research shows that efficiency must be the driving force behind necessary reductions of carbon emissions, accounting for more than 40% of the solution. At the same time, it can save consumers and businesses billions of dollars, strengthen grid reliability and resilience, and drive U.S. innovation and economic competitiveness.

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We’ve doubled the country’s energy productivity and saved U.S. consumers and businesses nearly $1 trillion annually, avoiding air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs, and helping maintain our global economic leadership. 

With the support and leadership of our Board of Directors and nearly 130 Associates, including many of America’s leading companies and representing at least $615 billion in market capitalization, we are committed to advocating for federal policies that accelerate energy efficiency and make us more energy productive.

Our History

Founded in 1977 by Sens. Charles H. Percy (R-Ill.) and Hubert Humphrey (D-Minn.), the Alliance to Save Energy was launched following the oil embargo of the 1970s – a pivotal time in our nation’s history that exposed fundamental weaknesses in our nation’s economic security and challenged us to develop innovate energy solutions. Decades later, it continues its mission to create a more energy-productive world.

To learn more about the Alliance's history, view our historic timeline.




Help the Alliance advocate for policies to use energy more efficiently – supporting job creation, reduced emissions, and lower costs. Contact your member of Congress.


Energy efficiency is smart, nonpartisan, and practical. So are we. Our strength comes from an unparalleled group of Alliance Associates working collaboratively under the Alliance umbrella to pave the way for energy efficiency gains.


The power of efficiency is in your hands. Supporting the Alliance means supporting a vision for using energy more productively to achieve economic growth, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security, affordability, and reliability.