Recently, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, a high-level overview of each state’s overall energy efficiency according to the council’s rigorous standards.
“Every year, ACEEE ranks states on their energy efficiency policy and program efforts and provides recommendations for ways that states can improve their performance in a variety of policy areas,” says the ACEE’s annual report.
This year, the top ten states for energy efficiency were Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, Vermont, Oregon, Connecticut, Washington, New York, Minnesota and Maryland. The fives states on the least-efficient end of the spectrum were North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota, Kansas and West Virginia.
But not matter what state you reside in, there are small and large habits and actions you can implement in your family’s home to make less of an impact on the environment. Whether it’s choosing an energy efficient appliance, like an ENERGY STAR rated appliance, making energy efficient upgrades to your home, or having an emergency backup option for cooling like a small room AC, there are steps you can take to wean yourself and family off heavy energy use. You can even qualify for a energy-efficiency mortgage (EEM), which allows you financing options for energy efficiency home updates and renovations.
Below, you’ll find some of our favorite books on energy efficiency for homeowners and the sustainable design and construction industry.