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Environmentalists Urge Funding for Energy Efficiency
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Environmental groups in Connecticut are calling on federal lawmakers to make energy efficiency funding a key part of national climate legislation.

Environment Connecticut and  other groups have released a study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The report found that making buildings and appliances more energy efficient is the most effective way to reduce energy use and cut greenhouse gas emissions. The report also concludes if funding for energy efficiency is made a priority in federal climate legislation it would create more than 15,000 jobs in Connecticut and save consumers hundreds of dollars a year. Charles Rothenberger of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment.

“That legislation should and must pass, but  the standards contained in that bill should be seen as a floor not as a ceiling. States and particularly Connecticut must continue to drive policy innovation in this area  and provide leadership for other states and the nation.”

Rothenberger says Connecticut should not wait for Washington to update building codes to require that structures are more energy efficient.