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Energy efficiency is often called the “first fuel”- and for good reason. Reducing the consumption of energy in buildings through efficiency is one of the most effective ways to save costs and help the environment.

Buildings account for about 76% of electricity use in the country. The good news is that there are myriad ways to make these structures more efficient: windows and insulation that reduce the demand for heating and cooling; lighting that consumes less power; appliances and HVAC systems that are designed to save energy, and many more.


According to DOE, “by 2030 building energy use could be cut more than 20% using technologies known to be cost effective today and by more than 35% if research goals are met. Much higher savings are technically possible.”


Energy efficiency does not mean less comfort or productivity. It means improving a building’s performance throughout its lifespan while providing those who use it a safe, comfortable and attracting environment.


The federal government can help make buildings more energy efficient through incentives that help finance energy efficiency improvements, working collaboratively with industry on better appliance standards, and conducting cutting-edge research into efficient buildings designs and technologies.



Velázquez Introduces Bill to Improve Energy Efficiency of Public Buildings

Based on BuildingAction's recommendations, the bill would establish a $4 billion dollar grant program to aid public buildings in upgrading and retrofitting fixtures to reduce energy consumption. 







Key Federal Agencies and Committees

BuildingAction Members [[and Allies??]] with expertise