The battle to increase energy efficiency on a national level has been taken seriously by the states and the people who have been voted to govern them, according to a new study released by the National Governors Association. It appears that governors have played a key rule in advancing energy efficient policies; as well as striving to help consumers lower their energy costs, the study shows that governors have been working to reduce state expenditures regarding energy and making steps to reduce the environmental impact of business as usual.
Generally speaking, energy efficiency is promoted with the goal of reducing the amount of energy we use on the products of our daily lives. At a more simple level, making sure your home is well-insulated is a good way to expend less energy on heating; as with many energy efficient efforts, this also tends to save money overall, another reason why representatives are so eager to implement it. On a bigger level, changing the way that our infrastructure generates and distributes those resources that produce energy can have a big impact on how its done.
Improving energy efficiency rules and standards is the first step to creating an effective policy of energy efficiency and environmental awareness. But as well as ensuring the actual implementation of these standards, the role of governors as champions of these efforts cannot be underestimated. Governors understand that increasing energy efficiency benefits more than just the state in terms of savings: it also has advantages for citizens and businesses, not to mention the impact it has on the environment.
As explained by Hawaii Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, advancing energy efficiency is within the best interests of the public and business, which is why governors all around the United States are so eager to do their part in advancing energy efficiency.
Working with legislators and lobbyists, governors have worked to advance energy efficiency in many different ways, which include energy planning, in order to analyze the best ways to save on energy and find best practices; taking steps to improve the rules and standards regarding energy efficiency imposed on buildings and appliances; providing incentive to adhere to these standards by providing energy efficient technology to private homes, businesses, and industry; by supporting innovations in financing that give private sector parties the incentive to invest in energy efficient technology; spearheading efforts using information technology to continue with innovations in energy savings for consumers; and providing avenues for successful research and development by partnering up with universities and private institutions in order to ensure the continued development of energy efficiency.