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Energy Awareness Month

The U.S. Department of Energy this year is recognizing the importance of energy efficiency and conservation and working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote the Change a Light, Change the World campaign. NEMA and its members are supporting this program and a number of other initiatives that will help the nation achieve its ambitious energy efficiency goals.

Energy Awareness Month has implications far beyond lighting. NEMA members produce a broad spectrum of energy saving devices and works in partnership with various agencies to promote their use to the public. Our members are on the cutting edge of energy efficiency technology and actively promote, often through NEMA, the use of that technology as they have for decades.

During this time of increased attention on energy efficiency, NEMA takes the opportunity to, in summary, recommend:

  • Replacement of your home and company’s old lighting products with newer, high efficiency CFLs, T8 and other high efficiency lighting products (tax deductions are available for businesses, and utility rebates are available around the country for residences and businesses)
  • An upgrade to high efficiency NEMA Premium® motors in all commercial and industrial applications (again, incentives apply)
  • Commercial, industrial and utility application of high efficiency transformers

For more information on these and many other programs, NEMA offers the following links dedicated solely to energy efficiency resources in support of Energy Awareness Month. Please check back often as additional links will be added to this page regularly, because energy efficiency doesn’t stop at the end of the month.

Energy Awareness Month
Energy Efficiency Information and Resource Organizations
Federal Resources
State and Regional Resources
Lighting and Energy Efficiency
Motors and Energy Efficiency


http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/services/energy_aware.html: This year's Energy Awareness Month theme, Energy Independence Depends on US - Choose Wisely, Use Wisely continues and reinforces the National Energy Policy, wherein the President directs heads of executive departments and federal agencies to conserve energy use at their facilities "to the maximum extent consistent with the effective discharge of public responsibilities."

www.energystar.gov/changealight: Energy Star, Change a Light, Change the World. Visit the updated Pledge Web site regularly to see the growing community. You can track the progress of all pledge drivers and see which organizations are leading the way. You can also view an updated map of the US that shows the number of pledges and bulbs changed in each state and the economic and environmental impact of the change.


www.nema.org/Policy/Energy/Efficiency/: NEMA’s members are in the energy efficiency business. The litmus test for efficient products and systems is technological feasibility, economic justification and attractive return on investment, proven energy savings, and commercial availability. As part of the electroindustry's commitment and leadership to make energy efficiency a key component of a comprehensive energy policy, NEMA develops specific energy efficiency policy initiatives on a product or industry basis; advises national, regional, and state policymakers; and works with coalitions of environmental, consumer, business, and energy organizations in order to advance the interests of NEMA members.

http://www.efficientbuildings.org/: Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction Coalition. NEMA convened a broad-based coalition of business, trade, government, energy efficiency, and other groups and organizations. The Commercial Building Tax Deduction Coalition is working to ensure the provision is implemented smoothly and to promote awareness and information about its benefits, and energy efficiency improvements in commercial buildings.

http://www.cee1.org/: The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), a nonprofit public benefits corporation, develops initiatives for its North American members to promote the manufacture and purchase of energy-efficient products and services. Our goal is to induce lasting structural and behavioral changes in the marketplace, resulting in the increased adoption of energy-efficient technologies. Website offers documentation on various utility rebates available.

http://www.aceee.org/: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, A non-profit organization committed to research, publications and conferences on energy efficiency in buildings, utilities, appliances, office equipment, industry and transportation. The site includes energy efficiency consumer information, reports, research, publications, etc.

http://www.ase.org/: Founded in 1977, the Alliance to Save Energy is a non-profit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders. The Alliance to Save Energy supports energy efficiency as a cost-effective energy resource under existing market conditions and advocates energy-efficiency policies that minimize costs to society and individual consumers, and that lessen greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the global climate.

http://www.aeecenter.org/: The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is your source for information on the dynamic field of energy efficiency, utility deregulation, facility management, plant engineering, and environmental compliance. With a full array of information outreach programs from technical seminars, conferences, books to critical buyer-seller networking tradeshows, job listings, and certification programs, AEE offers a variety of information resource tools.


http://www.energy.gov/energyefficiency/index.htm: The Department of Energy is committed to reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil and developing energy efficient technologies for buildings, homes, transportation, power systems and industry. The mission of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is to strengthen America's energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality in public-private partnerships that: enhance energy efficiency and productivity; bring clean, reliable and affordable energy technologies to the marketplace; and make a difference in the everyday lives of Americans by enhancing their energy choices and their quality of life.

http://www.energystar.gov/: ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/efficiency/energy_efficiency_links.htm: US Energy Information Administration (EIA). The Energy Information Administration, created by Congress in 1977, is a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. Our mission is to provide policy-independent data, forecasts, and analyses to promote sound policy making, efficient markets, and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

http://www.eere.energy.gov/: Department of Energy’s (DoE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy site. Covers a broad variety of federal energy efficiency programs, links to the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency, energy efficiency technology development activities and kids’ portal, among other items.

http://www1.eere.energy.gov/industry/: The Office Industrial Technologies creates partnerships with industry, government agencies, and other organizations to research, develop, and use advanced energy efficiency, renewable energy, pollution prevention technologies for industrial customers. The site includes information on the major energy-using industries, as well as information on technologies and several industrial challenge programs such as Motor Challenge, and headline news about the industrial sector.

http://www1.eere.energy.gov/industry/saveenergynow/assessments.html: DoE OIT Energy Savings Assessments. To help American businesses, factories, and manufacturing facilities save energy and continue to thrive despite variable energy costs, DOE launched the Save Energy Now initiative. The focus of the initiative is on reducing natural gas consumption by providing on-site Energy Savings Assessments (ESAs).


http://www.bpa.gov/Energy/N/: Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is a wholesales electric power producer in the Pacific Northwest. BPA, as a federal utility, is one of five power marketing agencies (PMAs). The Energy Efficiency group supports and fosters the efficient use of energy in the Pacific Northwest. The site includes information on energy-efficiency programs, markets, energy efficiency for Federal agencies and utilities, technical information, etc.

http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/index.html: The Energy Efficiency Division within the California Energy Commission has a mission to increase energy efficiency within businesses, homes, and to make appliances more energy efficient.

The site includes Information on agriculture and energy, building standards, consumer information, public sector programs, publications, and water and energy.

http://www.mwalliance.org/: Mid-west Energy Efficiency Alliance. As a central source for information and action, MEEA raises awareness, facilitates energy efficiency programs and strengthens policy across the nine-state region. MEEA brings together a respected network of members, partners, board and staff, and inspires others to create new technologies, new products and new ways of thinking when it comes to energy efficiency.

http://www.neep.org/: Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) is a regional nonprofit organization founded in 1996. Our mission is to promote energy efficiency in homes, buildings and industry in the Northeast U.S. through regionally coordinated programs and policies that increase the use of energy efficient products, services and practices, and that help achieve a cleaner environment and a more reliable and affordable energy system.

http://www.nwalliance.org/: The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is a non-profit corporation supported by electric utilities, public benefits administrators, state governments, public interest groups and energy efficiency industry representatives. These entities work together to make affordable, energy-efficient products and services available in the marketplace.

http://www.swenergy.org/: Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). In order to increase energy efficiency, SWEEP collaborates with utilities, state agencies, environmental groups, universities, and other energy efficiency specialists. SWEEP also conducts studies and engages in policy advocacy. SWEEP's main focus is on electricity conservation, but SWEEP intends to address more efficient fuel use and transport issues in the future.

http://irecusa.org/index.html: The Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s mission is to accelerate the sustainable utilization of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government and community activities.

http://www.nyserda.org/: The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is a public benefit corporation created in 1975 by the New York State Legislature. NYSERDA administers the New York Energy $martSM program, which is designed to support certain public benefit programs during the transition to a more competitive electricity market. Some 2,700 projects in 40 programs are funded by a charge on the electricity transmitted and distributed by the State's investor-owned utilities. The New York Energy $martSM program provides energy efficiency services, including those directed at the low-income sector, research and development, and environmental protection activities.


http://www.lightingtaxdeduction.com: The Energy Policy Act of 2005 created the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction, which allows building owners to deduct the entire cost of a lighting or building upgrade in the year the equipment is placed in service, subject to a cap. This website, developed by the Lighting Systems Division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in cooperation with the Commercial Building Tax Deduction Coalition, provides education about the lighting aspects of the Deduction and resources to help with its implementation. It was created as the first of a series of lighting education initiatives by the lighting industry addressing lighting quality and efficiency.

http://www.eere.energy.gov/EE/buildings_lighting.html: DoE EERE. This section focuses on energy-efficient electric lighting. The use of natural sunlight for lighting is discussed separately under daylighting.


NEMA Premium® labeled electric motors will assist purchasers to optimize motor systems efficiency, reduce electrical power consumption and costs, and improve system reliability. It is estimated that the NEMA Premium® efficiency motor program would save 5,800 gigawatts of electricity. This translates to preventing nearly 80 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over the next 10 years -- equivalent to keeping 16 million cars off the road.

http://www.motorsmatter.org/: Motor Decisions Matter is a national campaign encouraging the use of sound motor management and planning as a tool to cut motor energy costs and increase productivity. The campaign is sponsored by a consortium of motor industry manufacturers and service centers, trade associations, electric utilities and government agencies.

http://www.pumpsystemsmatter.org/: Pump Systems Matter. Conceived by the Hydraulic Institute (HI), Pump Systems MatterTM(PSM) is a market transformation initiative created to assist North American pump system users gain a more competitive business advantage through strategic, broad-based energy management and pump system performance optimization. A primary objective of the initiative is to change the decision-making process for the purchase of pumping systems.

Coming soon - energy efficiency publications, news and press materials, as well as additional specific energy efficiency tools for home and business.

To discuss any of these programs with NEMA staff, please send an email to communications@nema.org.


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