Energy Efficiency

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Energy efficiency is a rising topic amongst families and businesses, with energy saving tips and facts becoming more and more sought after. Everyone knows there are many advantages to reducing energy use at home, but the concept of energy efficiency is often misunderstood.

According to Wikipedia, efficient energy use is:

“The goal of efforts to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services.”

It lists several examples:

“Insulating a home allows a building to use less heating and cooling energy to achieve and maintain a comfortable temperature. Installing fluorescent lights or natural skylights reduces the amount of energy required to attain the same level of illumination compared with using traditional incandescent light bulbs. Compact fluorescent lights use one-third the energy of incandescent lights and may last 6 to 10 times longer. Improvements in energy efficiency are most often achieved by adopting a more efficient technology or production process.”

It goes on to explain that “there are various motivations to improve energy efficiency. Reducing energy use reduces energy costs and may result in a financial cost saving to consumers if the energy savings offset any additional costs of implementing an energy efficient technology. Reducing energy use is also seen as a solution to the problem of reducing emissions. According to the International Energy Agency, improved energy efficiency in buildings, industrial processes and transportation could reduce the world’s energy needs in 2050 by one third, and help control global emissions of greenhouse gases.”

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