Energy Efficiency Day: Something to Celebrate
October 9, 2018 │ Andy Barnes, Program Manager, Clean Energy Business Network
Efficiency means doing more with less.
The U.S. economy has done very well at this over the past decade.
Since 2008, GDP has grown 17%, but energy use has shrunk 1.7%, according to the 2018 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. While shifts in the economy are a factor, this growth in energy productivity is due in large part to energy efficiency gains. Through increased deployment of more efficient technologies and upgrades to existing infrastructure, the U.S. economy is producing more goods and services with less energy.
On October 5th, the Clean Energy Business Network participated in the third annual nationwide Energy Efficiency Day, joining a growing network of advocates, companies, government agencies, utilities and others to showcase the benefits of energy efficiency. Efficiency has many benefits, from reduced costs for businesses, to increased national security, to fewer emissions. And while energy use keeps shrinking, jobs keep growing: 2.25 million Americans take home a paycheck courtesy of the efficiency sector.
In honor of Energy Efficiency Day, the CEBN highlighted the stories of four of these individuals. Each has contributed towards advancing the clean energy economy through energy efficiency. Each is focused in some way on doing more with less.
Watch their stories in the videos below and learn more about them in our Faces Behind the Facts profile series.
Faces Behind the Facts Featured on Energy Efficiency Day
Dean Seavers’ grandmother taught him the value of energy conservation at an early age to keep utility bills down. This lesson continues to pay dividends in his role as President of National Grid in the US.
How did a small, family-owned business snag Laura Thompson from her top executive position? By wowing her with an energy efficiency concept like nothing she’s ever seen. See what grabbed her attention.
How do you bring a 124-year-old, 21,000 sq. ft. historic home into the 21st century? Ask Jim Newman, and he might say to start with making it more energy efficient. His company, Newman Consulting Group, LLC, has done exactly that and more.
The Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) works to advance the clean energy economy through policy, public education, and business support for small- and medium-size energy companies. Started in 2009 by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the CEBN is now a small business division of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. The CEBN represents 3,000+ business leaders across all 50 U.S. states working with a broad range of clean energy and transportation technologies.