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  • Lauren Duhon

Working Smarter, Not Harder: The Need for Energy Efficiency

Updated: Jun 9, 2021

We need things to work, especially in our homes.

We use energy for a variety of tasks, from cooking to cleaning to heating and cooling our rooms to powering our smart devices. You name it.

But we also need our systems to work well for us and for the planet.

We need energy efficiency. Simply put: using less energy to perform the same task.

Not to be confused with conservation, which is any behavior that results in the use of less energy, energy efficiency brings a variety of benefits not limited to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

It also reduces demand for energy imports and lowers our costs on a household and economy-wide level, according to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. Renewable energy can work with these goals, and there are opportunities for efficiency improvements across the board, whether it is buildings, transportation or energy generation.

Following the Texas winter storm, weatherizing buildings and upgrading energy efficiency could not only help with concerns after the freeze, but could also place us on a more sustainable path going forward.

Energy efficiency plays an essential role in accelerating clean energy transitions and achieving global climate and sustainability goals, according to the International Energy Agency. It can’t be left out of the equation.

By using energy more efficiently, we can help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollution, fight the threat of climate change and help to protect our health and the environment.

It might not be the most the most exciting idea on the planet, but there are a lot of benefits to energy efficiency:

The list goes on.

The point being that efficiency in our homes, in our buildings and in our systems are all equally important when it comes to a cleaner, greener infrastructure and to curbing our footprint.

At home, there are lots of things we can do to be more energy efficient. Here are a few to get you started:

Simple changes can add up.

It’s not about working harder to reduce our emissions. It’s about working smarter.

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