Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

energy efficiency


houseStates are leading the way in reducing energy bills for residential and commercial building owners. This brief, “Energy Efficiency Requirements for Public Buildings,” provides an update on state building energy codes, energy efficiency requirements for state buildings, requirements that go “beyond code,” and benchmarking and disclosure. Legislative updates from 2012 and 2013 are included. View a supplemental update specifically addressing state energy efficient lighting incentives




meterEnergy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) help building owners increase energy efficiency and lower energy bills at no expense to the owner. This web brief contains data on all 50 state’s ESPC statutes, and highlights examples of state activity. States can authorize ESPCs for state agencies, counties, municipalities, school districts, state colleges and universities and public agencies.




solar installationProperty Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing help eliminate cost barriers by allowing consumers to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on homes and businesses through their yearly property assessments. Currently 31 states and Washington, D.C. have authorized PACE financing and 12 states have active PACE programs. View examples of state legislative activity and highlights from existing programs.



Energy efficiency on-bill financing policies help eliminate cost barriers by allowing consumers to finance efficient furnaces, air conditioners, lighting and other efficiency upgrades and pay finance costs on their energy bill. View NCSL’s resources on this topic, including a web brief that provides an overview of the financing mechanism and a detailed listing of fifty state legislative and utility activity on this topic. Additional on-bill financing resources include: A LegisBrief, “On-Bill Financing: Cost-Free Energy Efficiency;” and a 2014 webinar, “Everybody Wins—Driving Economic Growth and Energy Efficiency With On Bill Financing


America’s homes, factories and commercial buildings hold an energy source of vast potential waiting to be tapped – energy efficiency. Lighting retrofits, building energy codes and high-efficiency equipment are just a few of the many ways that families and businesses can save energy and money. Lawmakers are exploring policies and programs to reduce upfront costs and overcome market barriers to energy efficiency.


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