As the world’s fossil fuel supply continues to be an important focus, the need for energy efficiency has never been higher.
How Can You Be More Energy-Efficient?
Being “green” doesn’t have to be difficult. These are just a handful of ways to become more energy-efficient.
- Update your appliances and electronics. Many newer appliances, such as washers, dryers, and freezers are designed to use less energy, while providing the same service. For example, an energy-efficient refrigerator uses up to 40% less energy than models from 2001.
- Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient lighting that typically uses 25 to 80 percent less energy and lasts longer, according to energy.gov.
- Invest in energy-efficient windows. They’re designed to keep heat inside during colder weather and keep it out when it’s warm, so you don’t need to run your heater or air conditioner as often.
Technology That Fuels Efficiency
Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds to meet the growing need for better energy-efficiency.
- To increase the efficacy of wind turbines, better air-flow technology is being developed, including a more efficient design for blades.
- Countless items put off heat that has up until now been wasted. Scientists are learning how to convert that heat waste into usable energy.
- As cell phones continue to be more prevalent, manufacturers are looking for ways to develop eco-friendly handsets and chargers.
- Learning how to use less energy may be a gradual process, but anything we can do to lessen our environmental impact can help in the long run.
Using these techniques will allow us to be more energy efficient now and in the future.