According to a recent press release from the White House, President Obama remains committed to reducing climate change and increasing energy efficiency in the U.S.
The U.S. is moving toward a more savvy, energy efficient landscape through a host of changes in a range of fields.
In 2014, the U.S. added solar industry jobs 10 times faster than the rest of the economy. In addition, solar energy usage surged, using more every three weeks than all of 2008 combined. Since 2010, the average cost of a solar powered system has dropped by 50 percent, and 44 states have price reductions that encourage residents to invest in its capabilities.
By switching to Energy Star Program appliances, consumers continue to save $34 billion per year, since 2008, and will continue to do so going forward.
New changes in President Obama's plan to foster better efficiency and reduce monthly bills include:
- A new $24 million investment for 11 projects in seven states to develop innovative solar technology.
- Creating a $1 billion additional loan guarantee to enable energy project distribution and the use of innovative technology for more Americans.
- Establishing an Interagency Task Force to promote a clean energy future for all Americans , as well as developing independent commitments from local governments to see it through.
- Invest in energy efficiency for 300,000 low-income households and investing more than $220 million in energy saving activities for veterans and low-income customers.
As these changes begin to transpire, be sure to do your part when it comes to energy efficiency too. Schedule an energy audit with Alban Inspections to learn more about the efficiency of your home and how you can make improvements. Visit our website for more information.