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As word spread that the budget blueprint would do away with a voluntary program as popular and successful as ENERGY STAR, we leveraged our alarm into a call to action. Alliance President Kateri Callahan proclaimed: “We oppose these cuts in the strongest possible terms and will do everything we can to fight them in Congress. Cutting this funding is the definition of penny-wise, pound foolish. We should be increasing funding, not reducing it.”
This piece was first published by The Hill. An op-ed by Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan.
Spring is upon us, which means it’s time for us to start taking out the old and putting in the new. Spring cleaning doesn’t just have to mean getting rid of the clothes you still have from high school or finally cleaning the attic out. It can also mean finding new ways to make your life and the world around you more efficient and productive. We are here to present some energy saving ideas to add to your Spring cleaning to-do list!
This is the second post from the Alliance’s “Eye on Infrastructure” blog series, which will highlight how policymakers can work to ensure energy security, economic competitiveness, and savings for American taxpayers by considering the role of energy efficiency in rebuilding America’s infrastructure.
This is the first post from the Alliance’s “Eye on Infrastructure” blog series, which will highlight how policymakers can work to ensure energy security, economic competitiveness, and savings for American taxpayers by considering the role of energy efficiency in rebuilding America’s infrastructure.
Imagine owning a brand that’s both well-known and widely trusted by consumers and businesses all over America. Now imagine that it turns a $50 million annual investment into $30+ billion worth of annual customer utility bill savings, and has resulted in branded sales of more than 5 billion products since its inception. That’s one heck of a rate of return and a brand that any CEO would die for.
College campuses are powerhouses of energy consumption, with 24-hour libraries and cafes constantly using electricity, large buildings blasting heat and cooling, and students often oblivious to their energy use during 3 AM study sessions or the occasional all-nighter. As a result, college campuses have the potential to be notorious energy wasters. However many of them, and many student groups on campuses across the country, have taken initiative to make colleges more efficient. And with Spring just around the corner, it’s a great time to get involved:
Last week’s news that Sens. Rob Portman and Jeanne Shaheen re-introduced their signature energy efficiency legislation (and then watching The Founder, a biopic on Ray Kroc) got me thinking about the power of persistence. You hear it so often – the true hallmark of leadership is the ability to persevere through setbacks, even repeated setbacks. Sens. Portman and Shaheen are the embodiment of such leadership on energy efficiency. They simply do not give up.
Whether it’s located on the beach or in the mountains, having a vacation home can be a dream—and a budget-buster. One easy way to cut back on costs and feel more at peace when you’re away from your vacation home is to improve its energy efficiency.
New York is known around the world for its vibrant culture and thriving economy. But did you know that the state is also known for being among the top five energy-efficient states in the country? The Alliance to Save Energy is excited to host a field trip to New York and another efficiency leader, New Jersey, on February 22-24 to show just how they’re doing it. We will take a bipartisan group of Congressional staff to visit innovative initiatives that are taking energy efficiency to a new level in both states.

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