Many states throughout the US have reached or exceeded the Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS) energy saving goals! These savings have resulted in lowering utility bills and reducing the drain on the utility grids. These savings will keep on giving for years to come.
EERS released Energy Efficiency Resource Standards: A Progress Report on State Energy Savings Targets, click on http://aceee.org/research-report/u112. This report shows how all 19 participating states achieved 80-100% resulting in energy cost savings at unprecedented levels.
Under this initiative, Ohio utility users saved $56 million in energy costs in 2009 – 2010. At the present rate, customers can save over 750 million dollars.
EERS released a second report, Energy Efficiency Resource Standards: State Strategies to Reach Higher Energy Savings, click on http://aceee.org/research-report/u113. This second report follows the six most successful energy efficiency programs in the US – California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and Vermont. In these leading states, utilities are employing new strategies to expand existing programs and add new ones, enhance advertising and promotions, and conduct innovative pilot projects.Other states such as Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are rapidly ramping up and developing the state-of-the-art energy efficiency programs required to meet the increasingly higher targets. These utility companies are running simpler more efficient programs so they can get the most energy savings as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
“Experts who specialize in these states say the potential for cost-effective energy efficiency is more than sufficient to meet the goals that have been established, and they put the likelihood of states continuing to meet their goals in the 90% range,” summarized Martin Kushler, ACEEE Senior Research Fellow. “The greatest challenge for the future isn’t technical-it’s inspiring the political will necessary to pass these energy and money-saving standards in every state.”
So while we may feel that ensuring our HVAC systems are properly sized using ACCA Manual J procedures, the truth is it all adds up to huge savings for all of us as individuals, as states and as a country.