February 4, 2017

Will President Trump Love Energy Efficiency?

In just the first two weeks of his administration, President Donald Trump has already taken steps to undercut progress made on the environment, and has made statements suggesting deep funding cuts to climate and clean energy programs as well as to the U.S. Department of Energy and other key agencies. Also, a new memorandum issued by the President has frozen efficiency standards on a handful of products, indicating that reducing energy waste and improving efficiency is not going to be a priority.

Additionally, the Trump Administration’s stances on government spending and privatization could have a negative impact on federal programs that help low-income residents pay their energy bills and weatherize their homes, as well as on federal loan programs that rural utilities use to provide on-bill energy efficiency financing for their members. We’re keeping an eye on these programs and will do everything we can to ensure that our elected leaders understand the importance of energy efficiency programs for rural communities in Appalachia and across the nation.

You can do your part by calling your elected officials and letting them know that funding for energy efficiency programs is important to you!

Energy Efficiency Puts People to Work

Energy efficiency has fortunately gained bipartisan support over the last decade. This has happened in part because energy efficiency has become one of the strongest job creators nationwide, especially in recent years, as supportive policies have been put in place at the state and national levels. Overall, energy efficiency provides at least 1.9 million jobs across the U.S., including 16,000 in North Carolina and more than 20,000 in Tennessee. But we still have a long way to go to maximize the economic benefits of energy efficiency, as millions of jobs can still be created with increased investment and the right policies. Utility on-bill financing for energy efficiency is one of many tools our electric utilities can use to help reach that potential, especially in rural communities.

What We’re Reading (and Writing!)

Serving Residents through Energy Savings
With the help of student volunteers and AmeriCorps members, App Voices was able to improve the energy efficiency of two local homes in honor of MLK Day.

Will TVA continue reducing carbon emissions?
The new Board Chair for the Tennessee Valley Authority, the first woman and first African American to hold the position, hopes to continue reducing TVA’s carbon emissions, despite the new Trum Administration’s stance on climate change.

Efficiency for All
The Energy Efficiency for All Network (like Appalachian Voices), is working to ensure that people of all income levels can benefit from energy efficiency.

Tips and Resources

Monthly Energy Efficiency Tip!
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Save your honey a little money this month. Give your valentine some LED light bulbs! LEDs use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs and can last up to 25 years.

Do you have an energy tip to share? Please email rory@appvoices.org to submit your tip!

Events

Inclusive Financing Webinar
Don’t forget to sign up for the second webinar in the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance’s series on inclusive energy efficiency finance programs. Register for free!

If you missed the first SEEA webinar about inclusive energy efficiency financing, you can view the recorded webinar here.

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

  1. Forward this email to 5 friends
  2. Take Action: Sign a letter to your cooperative supporting energy efficiency
  3. Live in western N.C.? Host a free workshop at your church or local community group -- contact 
    katie.kienbaum@appvoices.org to set one up!
  4. Send a letter to your local newspapers expressing your support for home energy efficiency. Contact rory@appvoices.org to get some tips.
  5. Have you already made significant energy efficiency improvements? Share your story to help others see how they can experience the same benefits. Contact rory@appvoices.org to learn how.


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