HJ6: Energy Efficiency Day; designating as October 4, 2024, and each succeeding year thereafter.


HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 6
Designating October 4, in 2024 and in each succeeding year, as Energy Efficiency Day in Virginia.
 
Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 8, 2024
Agreed to by the Senate, February 27, 2024
 

WHEREAS, improvements in energy efficiency technologies and practices, along with policies enacted around the United States enacted since the 1970s, have resulted in significant energy and cost savings and enhanced the health of Americans; and

WHEREAS, over the past five decades, the promotion of energy efficiency has enjoyed bipartisan support in the United States Congress and across numerous presidential administrations; and

WHEREAS, energy efficiency has long been supported by a diverse coalition of businesses, including manufacturers, utilities providers, energy service companies, and technology firms, as well as public interest organizations, environmental and conservation groups, and state and local governments; and

WHEREAS, since 1980, the United States has more than doubled its energy productivity, realizing twice the economic output per unit of energy consumed; and

WHEREAS, the average household saves almost $500 every year thanks to efficiency standards that apply to new appliances, such as dishwashers, refrigerators, and water heaters; and

WHEREAS, cutting energy waste saves the consumers of the Commonwealth and the United States billions of dollars on utility bills annually, and energy efficiency itself is an economic engine, supporting job growth nationwide; and

WHEREAS, as American business and industry have evolved to become more innovative and competitive in global markets, they have also become more conscious of energy efficiency, and more than two million individuals are currently employed in the energy efficiency sector in the United States; and

WHEREAS, smarter energy use reduces the amount of electricity and natural gas needed to power homes, and improved efficiency helps curb greenhouse gas emissions that pollute the environment and disrupt the climate; and

WHEREAS, October has been designated as Energy Awareness Month at the national level and as Energy Conservation Month in Virginia, a day of awareness and action around conserving energy would help to continue lowering costs and improving the health of communities; and

WHEREAS, during Energy Efficiency Day, and every day, Virginians are encouraged to take one or more actions in their homes, workplaces, or schools to reduce energy use, cut costs, and promote a healthier environment; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly designate October 4, in 2024 and in each succeeding year, as Energy Efficiency Day in Virginia; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates transmit a copy of this resolution to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy so that members of the organization may be apprised of the sense of the General Assembly of Virginia in this matter; and, be it

RESOLVED FINALLY, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates post the designation of this day on the General Assembly's website.

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 6

Offered January 10, 2024
Prefiled January 1, 2024
Designating October 4, in 2024 and in each succeeding year, as Energy Efficiency Day in Virginia.
Patron-- Sullivan

Committee Referral Pending

WHEREAS, improvements in energy efficiency technologies and practices, along with policies enacted around the United States enacted since the 1970s, have resulted in significant energy and cost savings and enhanced the health of Americans; and

WHEREAS, over the past five decades, the promotion of energy efficiency has enjoyed bipartisan support in the United States Congress and across numerous presidential administrations; and

WHEREAS, energy efficiency has long been supported by a diverse coalition of businesses, including manufacturers, utilities providers, energy service companies, and technology firms, as well as public interest organizations, environmental and conservation groups, and state and local governments; and

WHEREAS, since 1980, the United States has more than doubled its energy productivity, realizing twice the economic output per unit of energy consumed; and

WHEREAS, the average household saves almost $500 every year thanks to efficiency standards that apply to new appliances, such as dishwashers, refrigerators, and water heaters; and

WHEREAS, cutting energy waste saves the consumers of the Commonwealth and the United States billions of dollars on utility bills annually, and energy efficiency itself is an economic engine, supporting job growth nationwide; and

WHEREAS, as American business and industry have evolved to become more innovative and competitive in global markets, they have also become more conscious of energy efficiency, and more than two million individuals are currently employed in the energy efficiency sector in the United States; and

WHEREAS, smarter energy use reduces the amount of electricity and natural gas needed to power homes, and improved efficiency helps curb greenhouse gas emissions that pollute the environment and disrupt the climate; and

WHEREAS, October has been designated as Energy Awareness Month at the national level and as Energy Conservation Month in Virginia, a day of awareness and action around conserving energy would help to continue lowering costs and improving the health of communities; and

WHEREAS, during Energy Efficiency Day, and every day, Virginians are encouraged to take one or more actions in their homes, workplaces, or schools to reduce energy use, cut costs, and promote a healthier environment; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly designate October 4, in 2024 and in each succeeding year, as Energy Efficiency Day in Virginia; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates transmit a copy of this resolution to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy so that members of the organization may be apprised of the sense of the General Assembly of Virginia in this matter; and, be it

RESOLVED FINALLY, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates post the designation of this day on the General Assembly's website.