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Take action for Efficiency!

Watching daily developments in Washington, it’s easy to get discouraged. But as a nonpartisan group that works to lower utility bills, we want to alert you about good legislation on Capitol Hill—and give you a chance to take action.

Just last week, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee recommended that the U.S. Senate pass the bipartisan “Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act” (S. 385). So this is a key time to show support.

The act proposes a national strategy to increase energy efficiency in buildings. Among many other things, it would strengthen building codes, streamline the financing of efficiency projects and require the U.S. government to adopt energy-saving measures for computers. A past analysis of the bill estimated it would spark more than 190,000 jobs and save consumers $16.2 billion a year.

For six years now, people on both sides of the aisle have been trying to pass versions of this legislation, and it has always stalled. So it’s important that we let Illinois’ Congressional delegation know that a good bill needs their full support.

There’s absolutely no reason a bill like this shouldn’t pass. “This is exactly the kind of legislation Americans want Congress to pass — bipartisan, common-sense policy that saves taxpayers money and drives economic activity and job creation,” said the president of the Alliance to Save Energy, a nonprofit, bipartisan efficiency advocate.

Urge your legislators to stand up for your constituents and cheaper energy costs. Support the “Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.”