ACEEE advocates for increased federal funding for energy efficiency. This funding is essential for the research, development, and deployment of new technologies, consumer awareness programs such as ENERGY STAR®, improvements to affordable housing and federal buildings, and effective efficiency standards. The way ACEEE approaches funding varies, at times seeking a robust defense of existing programs and at other times offering opportunities for the expansion of existing programs and the development of new innovative ones.
Today, the United States uses two-thirds less energy than it would otherwise consume thanks in part to federal investments in energy efficiency made since 1980. Federally funded programs at the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other federal agencies are vital for enhancing energy affordability, security, reliability, and resilience while alleviating the high energy burdens facing low-income households and communities of color. These programs are also a key tool for achieving the scale of emissions reductions necessary to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis.