Back in 2017, the VAEEC released the first set of videos in our video series. This series is a powerful tool for explaining the value of energy efficiency for Virginia’s economy. One of the challenges we face in the energy efficiency industry is that it’s largely invisible. As we like to say, lying in your bed you don’t necessarily know the insulation level in your attic. Walking around your neighborhood you might miss the houses built above code. Eating at your favorite restaurant you wouldn’t know that they just did a lighting retrofit. Sitting at your desk you might not have heard that the building recently installed a high-efficiency heating and cooling system.
Nor would you know that all of those things were enabled by a policy or program: a rebate on an energy efficiency appliance, utility financial support for weatherizing homes, a program to engage commercial property owners, legislation that enabled regulations, or the state building code.
So we produced a video series to help take people behind the scenes to SHOW energy efficiency in action.
The first series of short videos focused on four key policies that we also highlighted in our 2017 “Why Energy Efficiency is a Smart Investment” report: Building Codes, Energy Performance Contracting, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and Utility Programs.
The second series, just released in October 2020, highlights the work of three VAEEC members and former Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards winners and their innovative projects for Virginia’s public spaces.
We hope you’ll watch and share the series with your colleagues. We look forward to showing them to members, prospective members, and decision-makers as we work to expand awareness and uptake of energy efficiency in Virginia.
Thank you to all of the people, companies and organizations that participated in the videos.