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WHEREAS, energy efficiency is the cheapest, quickest, and cleanest way to meet our energy needs and reduce utility bills for residential, business, and industrial customers; and
WHEREAS, smarter energy use reduces the amount of electricity we need to power our lives, which helps avoid power plant emissions that can harm our health, pollute our air, and warm our climate; and
WHEREAS, cutting energy waste saves U.S. consumers billions of dollars on their utility bills annually, up to $500 per household from appliance efficiency standards alone; and
WHEREAS, implementing energy efficiency and other clean energy policies and programs helps boost economic opportunities and job creation while continuing to move toward a sustainable future; and
WHEREAS, more than 2.2 million Americans work in the energy efficiency sector in local, good-paying, clean energy jobs that can’t be outsourced and increasing efficiency will create more of them; and
WHEREAS, for localities and states tackling harmful pollution, energy efficiency can get them about halfway toward their climate goals; and
WHEREAS, residents of Virginia can continue to contribute to our energy efficiency efforts by learning about participating in Virginia’s Clean Energy Development and Services and Commonwealth Energy Fund Programs; and
WHEREAS, together the residents of Virginia can continue to contribute to our sustainability efforts by learning more about energy efficiency and practicing smarter energy use in their daily lives;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 2, 2019, as ENERGY EFFICIENCY DAY in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all citizens.