By Paula Glover, Alliance to Save Energy President

Perhaps more than any president in history, President Biden has made improving energy efficiency in American homes and buildings a top priority in his economic and environmental platform. According to the American Jobs Plan summary, “President Biden’s plan will create good jobs building, rehabilitating, and retrofitting affordable, accessible, energy efficient, and resilient housing, commercial buildings, schools, and child care facilities all over the country.” …


Physical space and business dynamics of the workplace are changing. Employees demand flexibility and employers — looking to attract and retain the best workers — are deploying technological innovation to deliver improvements in the working environment. New expectations about working hours and space configuration challenge the norms of facilities maintenance (FM). Completely open floor plans, shifting peak periods of occupancy, and the necessity of uninterrupted connectivity change the rules for operating building systems, such as HVAC, lighting, security, and access. …


The Department of Energy has released its long-awaited Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability (informally, the “Grid Study”). Among its findings, the report describes several key impacts of energy efficiency on the electric grid. While the report charts little new territory, it is notable that it provides evidence of the powerful, positive role that energy efficiency plays in meeting grid reliability, resilience, and affordability goals.

The study finds that flattening electricity demand is contributing to the retirement of power plants. That’s right, total U.S. electricity generation growth has stalled since 2005, growing at a compound annual…


Congress is considering slashing federal investments in energy efficiency. The House of Representatives passed a bill in late July that cuts several energy efficiency programs by roughly half, while the Senate has advanced a bill that would largely protect current funding levels. This post is part of a blog series examining what’s at stake as Congress continues the budget process.

It is natural, in times of tight budgets, to ensure that government programs give a real bang for their buck. …


Congress is considering slashing federal investments in energy efficiency. The House of Representatives passed a bill in late July that cuts several energy efficiency programs by roughly half, while the Senate has advanced a bill that would largely protect current funding levels. This post is part of a blog series examining what’s at stake as Congress continues the budget process.

Energy-efficient buildings don’t just design and build themselves. Energy Star products don’t appear out of thin air. New light bulb technologies aren’t invented by robots.

The energy efficiency economy is an economy of people. More people than you might realize…


There was a sense of relief in March when the Trump administration’s budget proposal — which would gut federal energy efficiency budgets and wholly eliminate the ENERGY STAR program — got a decidedly hostile reception from both parties on Capitol Hill.

“There’s just some of the stuff in here that doesn’t make any sense,” said Rep. Mike Simpson, the Idaho Republican who chairs the House subcommittee overseeing most energy spending. “Frankly, you can’t pass these budgets on the floor.”

Unfortunately, the House hasn’t done much better in its own spending plans, and federal energy efficiency initiatives now face the prospect…


Throughout the year, the Alliance to Save Energy organizes field learning trips for a group of bipartisan Congressional staffers to visit cities leading the charge on energy efficiency around the country and engage with local leaders and representatives to discuss energy productivity opportunities. Visits have included San Francisco, Boston and, most recently, New York and New Jersey. Up next on the agenda is Chicago, which we will visit on July 21st.

You are invited to join us for part of the event! We will host a public briefing entitled, “Making the Business Case: How Data is Driving Energy Efficiency Investment…


To help you save money (and energy!) during the hottest months of the year, the Alliance to Save Energy published a three-part blog-series, entitled “Saving Money in the Summer.” Click below to read each post:

To wrap the series up, we’ve created an infographic with highlights from each blog post. Check it out and feel free to share it on your social media and digital outlets:


Note: To help you save money (and energy!) during the hottest months of the year, the Alliance to Save Energy is publishing a mini blog-series, “Saving Money in the Summer.” We’ll focus on key tips to improve energy efficiency at home and on-the-go. The third and final blog post will focus on how to save money on electricity and appliances. See the first and second blog posts.

Appliances are a key part of our lives. Cooking, lighting, refrigerating, cleaning and other activities are made easier thanks to them. But these products can quickly became a burden on your energy bills…


Note: To help you save money (and energy!) during the hottest months of the year, the Alliance to Save Energy is publishing a mini blog-series, “Saving Money in the Summer.” We’ll focus on key tips to improve energy efficiency at home and on-the-go. The second blog post will focus on how to save money when commuting or travelling. See the first blog post here.

Are you hitting the road for Independence Day? You are not alone: this year will be record-breaking for Americans driving for the holiday, with nearly 1.3 million more travelers than last year. Whether it’s during holidays…

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