Energy Efficiency Must Have a Starring Role in Putting America Back to Work

September 7, 2011

Retrofitting America’s homes and offices for energy efficiency must remain at the top of the national agenda when Congress returns to work today. Congress needs to find bipartisan solutions to jumpstart the economy and create jobs.

Wasted energy is an obvious and costly drag on the productivity and competitiveness of the U.S. economy, but equally important amid the current jobs crisis is this—investing up front in energy-saving technology for homes and offices will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, especially in the hard hit construction and manufacturing sectors of the economy. The same dollars that we waste today on inefficient energy use would be better spent paying the wages of skilled American construction workers and purchasing state-of-the-art advanced manufactured products made here in the United States.  Read more about this story in an article published by the Center for American Progress on September 7, 2011.