Without thinking about the resources and impacts on environment people use energy that has become a part of life. As most of the energy is generated from fossil fuels such as oil, coal or gas around 66 percent of electric power and 95 percent of the total energy demands such as transport, heating, electricity generation, etc is provided by fossil fuels around the world. However, due to the burning of fossil fuels, the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere triggers changes in surrounding environment and contributes to global warming as well. The only practical and straightforward way to prevent this from happening is to increase efficiency of energy consumption.
Energy Efficiency in Home
The first step to reduce the impact on the environment is to become energy-efficient that means encouraging technology, reducing dependence on non-renewable resources, creating jobs and saving money. In the U.S. economy, the largest consumers of energy are transportation and industrial sectors. This is why; increasing fuel efficiency in these sectors can have a great impact on the environment. Apart from this, you can also reduce unnecessary energy consumption and green house gas emissions at home so that you can save money and lead a healthier life.
There are many ways through which one can improve energy-efficient strategies and products. First of all, energy-efficient homes are sealed and insulated against air leaks. If you have hidden cracks in areas such as attics then the cooling and heating systems work harder as cracks can permit airflow thus increase the utility bills. Secondly, to maximize the energy efficiency of your home uses heating and cooling system only when it is necessary as they consume half of the energy in a home. You can also look for appliances that have energy star rating that can increase the overall efficiency of a home.
Significance of Energy Efficiency
To be energy efficient is about using less energy but what is the significance of doing this? Energy efficiency in home is key tool to fight against the climate change but in broader sense the significance is far beyond the climate change.
- Buying energy star rated appliances or taking daily energy-efficient actions such as washing clothes in cold water, etc can save a large amount of money.
- Energy efficiency not only saves money but it also helps in creating jobs, saving billion a year and helps businesses and city to save on a much bigger scale.
- Energy efficiency can also cut down the local air pollutants that come from burning oil or wood thus it can save natural resources. From cars to power plants consuming energy produces emissions that are harmful for environment.
- A significant amount of household expenditure goes to the power bills in which some find difficulty in paying. Energy efficiency provides an opportunity to reduce the utility bills and at the same time enhances comfort.
Energy efficiency makes the environment more enjoyable and improves productivity. By being energy-efficient you can lower some costs and gain an array of benefits.
Sulabha Kulkarni is an enthusiastic writer who has an eye on the property trends in the country. A born Mumbaikar, always eager for a chat on Property in Mumbai over Wada Pav and a hot cup of chai! Loves writing for IndiaProperty.com