What is Energy Efficiency?
Fortunately for you and I, energy efficiency is something that can be defined and explained, which is what we will attempt to do in this article. To begin with, here’s a dictionary definition: Percentage of total energy input to a machine, or equipment that is consumed in useful work and not wasted as useless heat.
We are going to take the question ‘What is energy efficiency?’ one step further and try to explore the topic in greater detail. So without further ado, let’s get started!
What is the Purpose of Energy Efficiency?
Oil, coal and other fossil fuels are finite, meaning that they won’t last forever, and so in the eventuality that Earth will consume its store of these items, we will then hope that we have developed a renewable energy infrastructure to the point that it can happily take care of us and our needs.
In the mean time, we must practice being shrewd with our current resources, and ensuring we take every practical measure possible to conserve energy and utilise it in the best way possible.
But what exactly is energy efficiency going to do for the future?
Maximise Fuel Potential
The better we start managing our energy now, the longer we have before we run out of our go-to resources , and that means we will buy ourselves more time to find solutions, technologies and to build panels, turbines and dams all over the world.
Energy efficiency practice is going to design homes that are low or zero impact, vehicles that do not pollute, and create intelligent cities that have clean and pollution-free air. It is going to lead to drastic cultural and value changes, contributing to a marked mind-set change on Earth.
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Who is Paying Attention to Energy Efficiency?
The British government have already banned the sale of petrol and diesel cars after the year 2040, they give subsidies towards wind and solar panels, and they offer tax breaks to the most energy efficient cars. You can even seek government help to install an electric pump on the side of your home!
Samsung are world leaders in energy efficient products, making more ENERGY STAR appliances than anyone else. Microsoft purchase 175 megawatts of wind power, in the largest private company wind power purchase in history – enough power for 70,000 homes for one year.
Apple are 100% powered by renewable energy on their sites, and Sony have committed to being a zero environmental impact company by 2050.
How Can You be More Energy Efficient?
What is energy efficiency going to do for you that would make you want to do it? Well, it’s going to reduce your bills, your carbon footprint and it’s going to make you more aware of the energy situation we are facing, as well as other environmental issues.
We can give some simple recommendations for becoming more energy efficient, such as turning lights off in unoccupied rooms, switching to renewable energy suppliers, taking showers rather than baths, using motion sensor lighting, switching to an electric car and upgrading your boiler.
Some of these things are going to cost you money, and some will save you money; in some cases, your original outlay will be paid almost immediately. What other investments give you the same kind of returns?
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