Let’s talk about Energy Efficiency:
In a nutshell, energy efficiency – is about doing more with less – reducing the amount of energy used, reducing the amount of money spent on purchasing energy, and reducing the harmful effects of energy production that contributes to pollution and global warming.
In your home, improve the amount of heat or cooling that escapes into the environment by insulating walls, floors and attic spaces. Add new windows with higher E-values and buy appliances and fixtures that use less electricity and water. Use power strips to turn off computers and other phantom power wasters. Educate yourself and your family on the many ways that your behavior impacts your use of energy and resources in your home.
At your office, apply energy improvement measures and systems that monitor and automate the HVAC and lighting system. Manage building zones according to occupancy levels. Remember the days when you would see office towers lit up and every computer monitor on? What a waste! Educating your employees, facility managers and building owners about the benefits of energy conservation, supporting efficiency upgrades and tenant behavior will make a positive difference to your company’s bottom line.
• If you read my blog, you already feel strongly about helping the environment and take your stewardship role very seriously. Other folks are interested in saving money as energy efficiency measures pay out perpetually since while we are alive we always need to use energy (from renewable and non-renewable sources). Look for low-hanging fruit – places where conservation and small investments will make big impacts.
• Really reducing your carbon footprint requires intention and action. Conservation comes first, but you can go the next step by considering greener power sources such as solar or wind. It’s a good bet your local utility has an energy efficiency program that makes sense for you. It likely includes information on the federal, state and local incentives.
• There’s lots of talk about green-washing in my industry, and there’s no denying it exists. Overall, most individuals and companies are trying to move towards safer products that factor in a life-cycle analysis. Homes and buildings in the future will disclose their energy consumption just like that MPG sticker on your car. Homes and buildings that are energy hogs will be discounted, while those that are considered efficient will become more marketable.
• Measure your impact by having an energy audit performed on your home or business. Establish a baseline and listen to recommendations on the biggest culprits that are wasting your resources now. Make your improvements. Then measure your results a year from now, and see how small changes can have big impacts.
So here’s to doing more with less. – alex
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Special thanks to http://www.sustenergy.org/ for use of this video