BLOG TO SAVE ENERGY
Last week, Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Honorary Vice-Chair of the Alliance to Save Energy, introduced legislation that would provide Ukraine assistance to reduce its dependence on Russian energy.
The Ukraine Independence from Russian Energy Act offers a two pronged approach of increasing energy independence within the country. This legislation could help alleviate the financial and geo-political burdens Ukraine is currently facing by boosting energy efficiency programs and by providing technical assistance for domestic energy production.
It’s a common misconception that if you’re renting an apartment, condo, or house, you don’t have control over your energy usage. Although you may not be able to choose your own appliances (and pick those that have the greatest energy efficiency), you still have plenty of options. If you’re smart about the way you use your appliances, you can save a substantial amount of energy.
There are several energy usage factors to consider before you even sign your lease. When searching for rentals, consider whether or not your future home gives you easy access to bus stops, subway stations, and bike share docks. Research the Walk Score of the neighborhood to determine how easy or difficult it will be to access amenities on foot. Convenient access to public transit and a high walk score will help to reduce your carbon footprint and ultimately save energy.
Energy efficiency policy experienced a set-back this week as the Shaheen-Portman bill (S. 2262) was derailed before reaching a final vote on the Senate floor. It has been seven years since Congress has passed a major energy bill, and non-energy efficiency related pent-up political issues were blamed for contention over the legislation.
In other words, the disagreements over Shaheen-Portman had nothing to do with the bill itself; everyone agrees about the merits of energy efficiency. After all, the House of Representatives recently passed energy efficiency bill H.R 2126 with overwhelming bi-partisan support, and the President announced last week that the Administration would provide $2 billion in additional funding for energy efficiency performance contracts.