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Why Does Energy Efficiency Matter?

May 10th, 2011 by Steve Hill Leave a reply »

The title poses an interesting question. We may all jump on the energy saving and efficiency bandwagon but have we asked this question, or are we following the crowd without stopping to think?

Are we also acting in the best way, using the best strategies to become energy efficient?

To the answer the main question as to why energy efficiency matters, apart from good house keeping in the sense of stopping waste, the environmental concern has got to underline our actions, even if it is the size of our utility bills that provide the prompt.

The following sums it up. How precious and valuable are the earth’s myriad resources? It can be summed up in the words of Chief Seattle of the American Indian Duwamish tribe. He told the president of America in the 19th century:

“Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people. We know the sap which courses through the trees as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us.

“The earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth. This we know – The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

Now few of us share the spiritual beliefs of the native American Indians, but we see the logic in this view. We are of the earth, not the owners of it. Much as James Cameron portrayed in his film Avatar. What we do now not only effects us, but in a larger way effects our children and their children.

Using energy wastefully as we have done in recent decades is now costing a lot but will also cost the earth if we do not resist of profligate ways – what better reason to be responsible with the energy we have and the earth resources we can use.

So if we are persuaded that we need to be efficient in energy use, that we need to save energy, we also need to thoughtfully consider how we do that.

There does seem to be a trend that many just “go for it”, and by the many I mean the commercial, industrial and public sectors.

This can do view has its plus points, but also leads to many miss aimed, although well intentioned, actions.

I have just been speaking to a governor at a local school here in Plymouth, UK. I asked about his schools thought on renewable energy on their newly developed and developing site. He quoted the problems and expense at another large school nearby in installing a wind turbine, the cost for very little gain.

This is an oft heard account – why? Because not enough though was put into the action.

I am not knocking renewable energy, the more the better. It just needs to be the right technology, placed in the right environment and monitored int he correct way. In itself it will not produce everything that is needed – it is “sexy” as a large wind turbine or lots of solar panels looks impressive – but by itself it is not enough.

If energy efficiency, often hidden and hence “un-sexy”, is also applied than real gains can be made, otherwise you generate renewable energy at a high cost and waste it just the same.

Hence add your renewable energy sources to your facility, but also make sure you can monitor (Enigin Plc’s Eniscope Renewable Hub is ideal for this) what it generates and maybe even feeds in to the tariff if you have that option. The carry out energy efficiency upgrades to lighting, motors air-con, insulation, heating, refrigeration etc.

View your energy as valuable – that will be helped by viewing our earth and the future as valuable.

So energy efficiency matters, because it is our and our children’s future.

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3 comments

  1. I ran across your blog as I was searching about energy efficiency in a/c systems. I am a heating and air contractor and is blows me away to see how often people are irresponsible with the simplest things like simply replacing the filter in their furnace. Many people act like it is a chore to be environmentally friendly when it is easier now than it has ever been. Mother nature gives us so much and we just take, take and take more from her. I personally would like for my grandchildren to be able to revel in her beauty and to know what clean air smells like. I appreciate your view and can only pray that more people will start thinking with this mindset. We have to start taking energy efficiency seriously so that our planet can support the next generations.

  2. Adriana Evans says:

    How exactly does it help? How does not being energy efficient affect the earth?

  3. Adriana Evans says:

    Because I keep hearing about how it helps prevent the many damaging effects of using energy wastefully, but I have not heard about what those effects are specifically.

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