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Do you remember Easy-Bake Ovens? Although I was never allowed to have one (something about gender stereotypes and second degree burns), I had enough playdates to understand how they worked—light bulbs inside of a little pink oven baked a tiny cake enough to eat.
The reason that these light bulbs were able to bake something is because 90 percent of the energy produced by traditional incandescent light bulbs is wasted as heat. That was good news for kids baking cakes in their bedrooms, but bad news for everyone using light bulbs for their actual purpose (ya know, for light!). Fortunately, this huge waste of energy and money is gradually being rectified by the phase-in of new lighting standards.
Happy New Year! Here at the Alliance to Save Energy we’re thinking about energy efficiency 24/7. So we put together a list of some of the most common New Year’s resolutions, and revamped them with an energy-efficient spin.
Not only will these resolutions help you save energy and money in 2014, but many of them are so easy to adopt that we’re willing to bet you’ll still be following them come February.
Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Rob Portman are still working hard to bring the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act back to the Senate.
In the last days before the Senate broke for the holiday recess, the bill’s two sponsors took to the Senate floor to highlight the benefits of the legislation. Senator Portman emphasized, “It makes environmental sense, makes good energy sense, makes good economic sense. It makes sense. It will move this economy forward.” Senator Shaheen reiterated the bill’s benefits, telling the floor, “This is a win for job creation, it is a win for the environment, it is a win for national security, and it is a win for saving costs."
On December 18, the Alliance to Save Energy and 30 other organizations sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee urging Congress to extend critical energy efficiency tax incentives that are currently set to expire on December 31, 2013.
Energy efficiency tax credits are a key policy for helping to achieve the Alliance’s goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030. Efficiency upgrades have proved to be an effective means to help consumers overcome the upfront costs associated with otherwise cost-effective efficiency improvements. Until Congress undertakes comprehensive tax code reform, extending these credits will ensure that we do more with less (energy) to the betterment of our economy, national security and environment.