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It’s clear from the inclusion of building efficiency in their climate plans that the candidates running in the Democratic presidential primary each seem to recognize the opportunities here. So without aiming to make a direct evaluation between the candidates’ plans or endorsing one, we pulled together some of the key pledges from each of the proposals.
Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee unveiled the outlines of a sweeping climate bill this afternoon, and a look inside shows a host of ambitious energy efficiency policies. That is smart thinking, considering efficiency measures alone could cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050. It’s also no coincidence that the package is led in large part by two leading efficiency champions and members of the Alliance to Save Energy’s Honorary Board of Advisors – Reps. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.).
While efficiency has had some rocky games in the past (at least at the federal level), at the Alliance, we are training for the season ahead by focusing on the basics of the game – defense, offense, and team building. But we’re taking it one step further by also changing the game through strategic initiatives. Like any good team, we are also thinking ahead and laying the groundwork for the 2021 spring training season of newly elected members of Congress and potentially a new administration.
For the first time, starting with the next update to the model building energy code that states and local governments adopt, all new construction – houses, apartment buildings, condominiums, commercial high-rises, and office parks – will be pre-wired for charging the vehicles of the future.
This week, Congress passed a massive $1.4 trillion spending bill funding the government agencies through September, including not only significant increases for energy efficiency programs, but also several key directions to the Department of Energy. The president is expected to sign the bill today. The numbers are easy to understand, but why did Congress include these directions and what will they do?
This week, the Alliance, ACEEE, and BCSE jointly released the Energy Efficiency Impact Report, a digital and graphically-heavy report telling the story of energy efficiency’s impacts on the U.S. economy, environment, and society, across a variety of sectors (utilities, buildings, industry, transportation). The report relies on 54 indicators to show the breadth, depth, and diversity of energy efficiency progress in recent years.
President Trump claimed on Friday that “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once. They end up using more water.” He called for a nationwide review of water efficiency standards, questioning their effectiveness. But indoor water use had decreased by 22% per household since 1999. Water efficiency standards are helping save water for bathroom fixtures and appliances – including sinks, showers, clothes washers, and toilets. Here’s how.
It’s that time of year again. Time to think about what to put on our holiday wish list, and here at the Alliance, we know just what we want. This holiday season is the perfect time for the U.S. to get its act together on efficiency policy. So, here’s what we’re asking for.
This week, millions of Americans are preparing turkeys, baking pies, and getting ready to host a delicious Thanksgiving. Turkey Day can be stressful (and expensive!). But there is much to be thankful for, and we’re happy to share one thing near and dear to us: how you can save energy and money this week – and protect the climate. Here are a few steps to use energy more efficiently this Thanksgiving.
“Energy efficiency represents an extraordinary and often underestimated opportunity to reduce carbon emissions while simultaneously stimulating economic activity and lowering consumer energy bills.” That’s the central message of comments the Alliance submitted today to the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

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