As energy efficient means in businesses and homes continue to sweep the nation, many states as a whole are taking a stand for better control over emissions and usage.
The ninth annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has named the following 10 states the most efficient of all 50.
- Rhode Island
- New York
- Illinois and Minnesota
Massachusetts has retained the top spot for the fifth year in a row based on its major efforts to increase energy efficiency under its Green Communities Act.
"Being recognized for the fifth consecutive year by ACEEE as the nation's leader in energy efficiency underlines the commitment Massachusetts has made to pursue a diversified energy portfolio and my administration is seeking more, renewable energy sources like hydro power to continue this important effort," said Charlie Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Maryland has also made great improvements within the past year in terms of efficiency, increasing its commitments in 2015 by establishing new, more aggressive energy savings targets for utilities.
The survey also found that:
- Savings from electricity efficiency programs in 2014 totaled approximately 25.7 million megawatt hours, a 5.8 percent increase over the past year.
- The leading states in terms of the latest commercial and residential building energy codes and compliance include Maryland and California.
- Maryland was one of the highest ranked states in terms of combined heat and power policies.
Energy efficiency begins with one step in the right direction. If you're interested in learning about the energy efficiency of your home or business, schedule an energy audit with Alban Inspections today, or visit our website.