The nation make great progress in energy efficiency

Don’t allow America to backslide

Right now, over a dozen states and dozens of municipalities have adopted or are in the process of adopting the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, which will save homeowners and businesses a lot of money and save our nation a lot of energy.

If the 2012 IECC were in place across the country, it would save Americans $40 billion every year in energy costs. And by 2030, the nation would be saving more than 3.5 quadrillion BTU of energy each year.

The 2012 IECC is building better, more comfortable homes that use less energy and cost less to maintain. For example, in climate zone 5, home to Peoria, Illinois, building a house under the 2012 code is saving the average homeowner between $9,870 and $10,080 over the course of a 30-year mortgage, compared to a house built under the 2006 code.  But the savings are similar in climate zone 2, where a Tucson homeowner’s 2012 IECC savings will be $9,233, and in climate zone 7, where Duluth homeowner would pocket $24,472, and even in climate zone 3, where Houston homeowners will save $4,986.

In short, this code, crafted by local officials and experts from across the country, is working exactly the way it’s supposed to all across the country.

But there are efforts underway to undo much of this good work and prevent state and local governments from adopting the 2012 IECC.

When it comes to energy efficiency, Americans want to go forward, not slide back.

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