According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), there are millions of workers in the country creating homes that are more energy efficient, and safer and more comfortable to live in. In fact, the Department of Energy puts that number at more than 2-million people working for energy efficiency in the United States. Compare that to the 1.9 million workers producing electricity, coal, natural gas, and gasoline. And the number working for energy efficiency is growing.
Those numbers are impressive, but more impressive are the individual stories of weatherization workers and others in the residential energy efficiency field. Weatherization work in particular provides opportunities for training and important and meaningful work at a time when jobs for people who aren’t in some high tech industry or who are working for minimum wage are few and far between.
A video produced by ACEEE, “People Who Save Energy” features the stories of energy efficiency workers, including that of people like Richard Tate, who had been struggling to find a job, but found out about a six-week weatherization class after his mom’s home was weatherized. He earned a perfect score in the class and now works full-time weatherizing homes.
To be inspired and encouraged by Richard’s story and that of others, go here.