Tell Congress: Cut Energy Waste in Houses and Buildings
We’ll never meet even modest climate goals without improving the energy efficiency of our homes and buildings, which account for nearly 40 percent of U.S. energy consumption and nearly as large a share of carbon emissions. So we need to be doing everything we can – and urgently – to encourage consumers and businesses to adopt practices such as insulating their homes and buildings and buying more efficient heating and cooling equipment. After all, these homes and buildings will be in use for decades.
Yet even as we have tax breaks for all varieties of energy production – from oil to nuclear to wind and solar generation – we currently have no federal tax incentives encouraging using less energy in the first place because Congress allowed three efficiency incentives to lapse in 2017.
The good news is Congress is considering an update to tax policies right now, and we have a chance to fix this glaring omission in the tax code.
Please take a minute to send a pre-drafted letter – or write your own – to your members of Congress to tell them to update and extend the energy efficiency incentives promptly.