Energy Efficiency Day is Oct. 2 this year, and it's a great time to help raise awareness about energy efficiency and commit to taking steps to cut our global energy use.
Hosted by energy efficiency advocacy groups around the U.S., including USGBC, the annual campaign boasts hundreds of participants in organizations, companies, utilities and government agencies, as well as individual advocates.
The goal of the day is to share tips and stories that promote the many benefits of energy efficiency: lower costs, healthier homes and reduced pollution, to name just a few. Energy efficiency is also an important part of the U.S. economy, supporting more than 2.3 million jobs in manufacturing, construction and other fields.
Take action to save energy
Get the message out by using the hashtag #EEDay2019 on your social media posts. Want some inspiration or graphics to share? Take a look at the Energy Efficiency Day social media toolkit.
On the Take Action page, you can download templates to help your elected official make a proclamation about energy efficiency. Plus, you can explore methods to reduce your home energy usage and save on your monthly bills.
Resources about energy
Looking for more data? On the campaign's Learn More page, you can dig deeper with several resources.
- Facts about energy efficiency
- Tips for saving energy in your home
- The Energy Efficiency Jobs in America 2019 report
- The 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard
How LEED saves energy
For over 25 years, LEED certification has helped drive global energy efficiency by setting requirements for sustainable building, operations and management.
With the Minimum Energy Performance prerequisite and the Optimize Energy Performance and Renewable Energy credits, the newest version of the rating system, LEED v4.1, helps people meet energy needs in a sustainable way. In addition, LEED v4.1 for Cities and Communities incorporates an Energy Performance Score prerequisite.
As a complement to regular LEED certification, LEED Zero Energy certification recognizes buildings or spaces that achieve a source energy use balance of zero over a period of 12 months.
Through its advocacy activities, also, USGBC promotes energy efficiency and incentives.