As conversations on climate and energy continue to make national headlines, thousands of businesses, utilities, universities, and local government (cities, counties, and states) are showing support for Energy Efficiency Day on October 2, 2019. More than 580 companies, organizations, utilities, and local governments representing tens of millions of people are taking part in Energy Efficiency Day today by encouraging everyone to reduce their energy use, save money, and breathe easier.
Cities including Madison, WI, Pittsburgh, PA, Washington D.C., Boston, MA, and the states of Michigan, Ohio, California, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Pennsylvania all have issued proclamations. The U.S. Senate unanimously passed Resolution 347 declaring October 2, 2019, as Energy Efficiency Day “in celebration of the economic and environmental benefits” driven by efficiency. Among these local governments are corporations and manufacturers showing support too, including Ingersoll Rand, Google Nest, Honeywell, and Sense.
So what does energy efficiency do anyway? It has created 2.3 million jobs, avoided billions of pounds of harmful pollution, and saved tons and tons of energy. It’s also a critical pathway in meeting ambitious 100 percent renewable energy and zero-carbon goals, which exist in communities where 1:4 Americans live. You can find jobs in energy efficiency in every county of America too. We think that matters, and we want to thank our supporters, senators, and mayors and governors, and all the individuals who support energy efficiency and its many benefits.
While Energy Efficiency Day is just one day, together, we can show our support for energy efficiency all year-round. Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort of regional and national organizations working to promote energy efficiency, including the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Natural Resources Defense Council, E4TheFuture, Advanced Energy Economy, Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations, Alliance to Save Energy and many others.