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Students can engage with energy efficiency issues as advocates and activists.
An integral part of the Alliance to Save Energy’s mission is to advocate for greater energy efficiency, but activism is another great strategy for making substantial efficiency gains. Despite having different meanings, these terms are often used interchangeably. The distinction? Advocates are those who represent or speak on behalf of groups, while activists are individuals who intentionally work to generate change.
Counting the efficiency accomplishments of 2014 as we count down to the new year.
As we enter a New Year full of new opportunities, I ask you to pause with me for a minute to reflect on the year just passing — 2014 — which against significant political and business headwinds turned out to be a year of great progress in advancing energy efficiency by my "counting"! The following recounts our progress "by the numbers" — I hope reading this summary makes you proud of what we are accomplishing together and motivated to continue working with us in the New Year to drive progress even further and faster!
As the year and the 113th Congress come to a close, we felt it was a good time to reflect on the energy efficiency work from 2014. Energy efficiency was a hot topic in 2014, both on and off the Hill. While Congress may not have passed any significant energy efficiency legislation, the issue did take center stage on several occasions and remains an important topic for both parties in the House and Senate.
The Building Technologies Office is leading the way in developing a more energy efficient built environment.
Accounting for about 40 percent of American energy use and about $400 billion in annual energy costs, buildings are fertile grounds for money-saving and pollution-preventing energy efficiency improvements. U.S. buildings offer hundreds of billions of dollars of investment opportunity that can yield as much as a trillion dollars in energy savings in the next decade.

With the holiday season upon us, there is a lively upwelling of activity in shops, homes and businesses across the country. K - 12 schools seem different — they sit empty while every other building is bursting with energy and holiday cheer.

Although they may not appear as festive, most school buildings are actually using lots of energy as HVAC systems, appliances and even lights are left on over break. How can schools successfully shut down over the holidays or anytime the building is empty for a significant amount of time?

The Vietnam Clean Energy Program is the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s flagship five-year initiative to reduce electricity consumption in Vietnam through improved energy efficiency in the building sector. Initiated in October 2012, the project is being supported by Winrock International and the Alliance to Save Energy, in partnership with the Vietnamese Ministry of Construction (MOC). The project’s primary objectives are to build capacity for establishing energy data, and to promote the implementation of Vietnam’s new building code and green building technologies.
For homeowners, investing in energy efficiency programs should be a simple decision — a proven method to reduce their energy footprint and realize the savings on their energy bill. Yet the challenges of financing efficiency improvements prevent households from realizing these benefits. The fragmented market of existing loan programs make it difficult for many homeowners to access or secure the resources they need, limiting the environmental benefits and cost savings possible through energy efficiency upgrades or retrofits. A new alliance between Conservation Services Group, CUNA, and LendKey proves these challenges can be overcome. Homeowners now have easier access to loans they can use to make energy efficiency upgrades.
Sens. Shaheen and Collins have advocated for energy efficiency throughout their careers.
The Alliance to Save Energy is privileged to have 17 influential Members of Congress serving as honorary members of our Board of Directors. Through their strong leadership, the Alliance has continued to advocate for the advancement of energy efficiency to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and energy security. In this series, we will highlight the excellent work of our Honorary Vice-Chairs and the states they represent. In this fifth installment, we will recognize the impressive work that has been done to advance energy efficiency by Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Senator Susan Collins of Maine.
With midterm elections wrapped up and the 113th Congress almost in the books, the House of Representatives usher in new leaders slated to take over a variety of important Committee leadership roles in preparation for the 114th Congress.
After nearly six months, the comment period for EPA’s Clean Power Plan has concluded. The Plan aims to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants while affording states great flexibility to develop compliance approaches that most suit their contexts.