Oct. 7: Energy Efficiency Day’s Message is More Important Than Ever to Save Energy, Cut Pollution, and Create Jobs

Thousands of energy efficiency advocates and supporting businesses, universities, utilities, and local and state governments will reach tens of millions of people across the U.S. to promote the benefits of energy efficiency on the 5th annual Energy Efficiency Day on Wednesday, Oct. 7, including a virtual roundtable featuring thought leaders, organizers announced today.

Energy efficiency is more important than ever given the current COVID-19 health crisis, in helping local governments, residents, and businesses save energy, cut pollution, and create jobs. Studies have shown that people living in the U.S. spend 90 percent of their time indoors, where air quality is two to five times worse than outside air. Even as the energy efficiency sector continues to lead in creating clean energy jobs, it is still down 345,000 jobs as the COVID-19 crisis continues to create unprecedented challenges impacting public health and our local economies. Powering a third of the U.S. economy, energy efficiency touches every sector and industry as an easy and cost-effective way to cut energy waste by the largest polluters, buildings, where 20-30 percent of all energy used is wasted. 

As part of this year’s Energy Efficiency Day, all are invited to join a virtual roundtable, Energy Efficiency in the Time of COVID-19: How It Supports Recovery. During this rapid-fire roundtable, experts and policy leaders highlight the many benefits of energy efficiency, including how the sector can help put people back to work, drive economic recovery, reduce pollution, and alleviate the energy burdens of those most affected by the COVID-19 recession. Register for free here.

This year’s Energy Efficiency Day supporters include 8,000 individuals and over 700 cities, non-profit groups, utilities, and businesses. In addition, cities, counties, and states are issuing Energy Efficiency proclamations, including Washington, D.C., and Mississippi. The U.S. Senate is considering declaring October 7, 2020, as Energy Efficiency Day “in celebration of the economic and environmental benefits” driven by efficiency. A full list of supporters and proclamations is available here.

Supporters will join the conversation on Twitter, using the #EEDay2020 hashtag, throughout the day on Oct. 7. Organizers encourage participants to get creative with this year’s energy efficiency meme theme, #EEBooks (see past years’ themes #EETV and #EEMovies).

About #EEDay2020: On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, a growing network of advocates, companies, government agencies, utilities, and others will showcase the benefits of energy efficiency during the 5th annual nationwide Energy Efficiency Day. Learn more at: www.energyefficiencyday.org , follow @EfficiencyDay, share your energy efficiency tips and success stories with #EEDay2020 on Twitter. 

Energy Efficiency Day is an annual collaborative effort of regional and national organizations working to promote energy efficiency, including the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), E4TheFuture, Advanced Energy Economy, Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations, Alliance to Save Energy and many others

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