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Energy Efficiency

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EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

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

 

 

FINANCING STRATEGIES

meterStates are using a number of financing strategies to increase energy efficiency and lower customers' energy bills at no expense to the owner. States can authorize legislation for:

 

 

EFFICIENT LIGHTING

solar installationMany states have enacted legislation offering incentives to residential, government, commercial and agricultural consumers who choose energy efficient lighting technologies. States are interested in promoting efficiency to promote economic development, since the less businesses and consumers spend on energy bills, the more they can invest in the economy. View this document for a 50 state overview of existing and proposed policies.

 

STATE ENERGY BANKS

electric lights States are exploring energy banks as a way to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy and resiliency. Energy banks combine public sector funds with private sector financing to lower the cost of renewable or energy efficient technology investments. Five states have established energy banks or bank-like structures.

 

OVERVIEW | ENERGY EFFICIENCY

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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