Today is Energy Efficiency Day! We hope you join us in celebrating the benefits of reducing energy waste during this fifth annual public awareness event. Energy efficiency can get the United States halfway to our climate goals by cutting emissions in half by 2050. Efficiency reduces utility bills and can reduce energy burdens. It has created more than 2.4 million jobs, cuts harmful pollution, and contributes to healthier, more comfortable homes.
With the country in a recession and the pandemic affecting millions of people and businesses, energy efficiency can provide solutions to rebuild the economy and get people back to work.
More than 700 local governments, universities, organizations, corporations, and utilities—and 8,000+ individuals—are participating in #EEDay2020 today. Also, more than 25 cities, counties, and states as well as the U.S. Senate have issued official proclamations recognizing October 7, 2020 as Energy Efficiency Day, including Colorado, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, and Fairfax County, Virginia.
ACEEE and a network of environmental and energy organizations working to promote efficiency at the regional and national levels welcome your participation in Energy Efficiency Day. While the 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard shows what many large cities are doing to save energy, we can all take action. Start with simple steps such as sealing gaps around your windows and doors or replacing incandescent light bulbs with LEDs. We offer a slew of home improvement suggestions and other consumer tips on SmarterHouse.org.
The message of Energy Efficiency Day is simple: Energy efficiency can save money, cut pollution, and create jobs. It’s the least expensive, fastest way to reduce harmful emissions while meeting our energy needs.