Five Reasons To Be Energy Efficient
Thursday, July 14, 2016
When we’re at home or work, shopping or visiting friends—really, anywhere we go aside from the deep woods, we have instant access to electricity. It seems that electricity is everywhere and forever abundant. So why bother trying to be energy efficient when there’s an endless supply?
Being Energy Efficient Saves Money
On average, a US household will spend $5,550 per year on energy, a lot of which is wasted through inefficiency. A few easy ways to conserve energy—and save hundreds of dollars ever year—is to choose energy-efficient appliances, make energy-saving home improvements, and changing everyday habits.
- ENERGY STAR appliances save as much as 30% on electricity bills.
- Energy-efficient halogens, CFLs, or LEDs saves 30-80% on energy bills.
- Washing clothes in cold water can save $63/year, and keeping your tires inflated can save $61/year.
Energy Efficiency Improves the US Economy
Being energy efficient at home can help you save money on your energy bill every month, but it does even more for the US economy.
- Overall, energy efficiency is saving the American government, its citizens and businesses more than $500 billion a year in energy costs.
- In addition to saving money, energy efficiency projects (like building improvements and infrastructure repairs) create jobs. In 2010 alone, energy efficiency accounted for more than 830,000 jobs nationwide.
- Industry leaders make energy-efficient innovations, and energy-efficient policies lead to breakthroughs among manufacturers. For instance, standards that started in 2012 requiring light bulbs to be at least 25% more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs spawned an array of new lighting products. From LED streetlights to flame-shaped, dimmable candelabra CFLs, energy-efficient lights are just as pleasing to the eye as the old bulbs but use far less energy.
Energy Efficiency is Good for the Planet
With energy comes pollution, so, the less energy we use, the less pollution we create.
- We use 56% less energy today because of energy-efficient technologies and policies. That’s equivalent to 52 quads of energy or enough to power 12 states for an entire year.
- Investments in energy efficiency across the biggest sectors of our economy could abate up to 1.1 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
It’s a National Security Issue
When we decrease the overall demand for energy, we decrease the need to import and transport fossil fuels.
- Using fewer of America's energy resources means we don't need to depend so much on foreign nations. With energy efficiency, we save energy resources for future generations to use.
- As the armed forces improve the energy efficiency of their equipment, buildings and general practices, they save money that can be invested directly in defense programs.
- The armed forces need fuel to supply their troops, but battleground supply missions can be dangerous. In fact, 80% of on-the-ground supply delivery missions to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are for fuel, and on average, one soldier dies for about every 50 of those refueling convoys.
It Enhances Quality of Life
Improvements in energy efficiency actually make us more comfortable and provide better conveniences in our daily lives.
- Your insulated home keeps air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter inside where it belongs. That’s better than cooling or heating the outdoors!
- Businesses can improve productivity, as well as the bottom line, by taking advantage of energy efficiency in office buildings and production processes.
- Residents of cities that employ smart growth technologies and transportation systems have an easier time of getting around and getting consistent access to electricity.
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