January 18, 2022
This week is Big Energy Saving Week!
This marks a perfect opportunity for businesses and individuals to kick-start their energy efficiency plans for 2022 on the road to Net Zero. With Cop26 just a few months back, this week reopens the conversations on the importance of reducing our energy consumption and having clear plans in our homes, schools and workplaces on how we can improve and save energy.
Saving energy reduces air and water pollution and conserves natural resources, which in turn creates a healthier living environment for people everywhere. At the same time, efficiency also saves money and creates jobs. One of the key issues with energy production is burning fuels such as coal and oil. These are known contributors to air pollution, with nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, soot, mercury being released into the air we breathe, humans are then at risk to disease and side effects such as asthma, heart disease, and in some cases strokes and poorer brain development. It is therefore important for us to reduce air pollution, as energy efficiency improves public health.
Renewable energy is an excellent solution with several advantages such as;
It will take time for humanity to make the shift over to renewable energy for the majority of our energy needs. Saving energy can help reduce demand and in turn reduce fossil fuels being burnt to light and heat our homes, a reduction in the use of these fuels is a key battle to gaining the upper hand on our current climate crisis. A number of countries are now targeting between 2030 and 2050 to get to ‘Net Zero’, but in order to meet that goal they will need to convince every household and consumer of electricity to adapt to new measures in order to contribute to this overall national goal.
Now more than ever, environmental issues are becoming especially important. It is almost impossible to deny the adverse effects that our modern lifestyle full of electronics and fossil fuels has on our environment. That means that we should do whatever we can to reduce our personal carbon footprint at home. This is the first reason to go green, and it has a large impact for your family, others, and future generations as well as our wildlife friends.
Spending a little bit of money up front for energy saving windows or low-energy appliances made for energy efficiency will save you a significant amount of money in the long run on electricity and water. “Green” houses are also easier to sell according to an energy audit.
Did you know that a green home with energy saving appliances is also cleaner and healthier for you? Less pollutants in the air mean you and your family are breathing better air. This means that you and your family will have healthier respiratory systems.
Spark Your Local Economy
Don’t buy vegetables that have been infused with preservatives and flown thousands of miles. Buy at your local farmers market. It will build up your local economy and taste better, too!
Using Less Resources
It may seem that we have an unlimited supply of natural resources, but we simply don’t. Any energy audit will report that we are using more resources than are naturally being created.
Most natural, “green” products are non-toxic. That means that they are safer around the little ones, and they are more beneficial to you and your health as well.
We can all take action to start saving energy instantly, most actions are very self explanatory and easy to implement, others take a stronger commitment to maintain – how committed are you to the cause?
Short -term Solutions: Actions you can take today.
Long-term solutions: Actions you can further commit to.
Turn off standby appliances
Install a smart thermostat
Turn down your thermostat
Buy efficient appliances
Install a new boiler
Wash clothes at a lower temperature
Be smarter about water
Invest in double glazing
Draught-proof your property
Ultimately this week is a great week to reflect, and take responsibility for our individual and collective energy wastage. Let’s take this time to take some steps to ensuring we contribute towards our governmental and societal goals of reducing our carbon footprint, after all – we are all in this together!
Author: Elizabeth Akalumhe, 18th January 2022
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