Energy efficiency means to reduce the amount of energy provided for products and services. Another explanation of energy efficiency is the reduction of energy consumption by using less energy to attain the same level of useful output. One simple example is the installation of insulation to keep more heat in the home during the winter and the heat outside in the summer. This will lead to running your heating and air conditioning systems less frequently which will reduce your energy bill.
Americans have been at the forefront of finding ways to be energy efficient for two reasons. First, the price of energy continues to rise and the use of many forms of energy have caused problems in the environment. So, people are jumping on the ‘green energy’ bandwagon with increasing regularity and enthusiasm.
You can see this trend everywhere today. New appliances are being produced that are more energy efficient. Many are being labeled as ‘Energy Star’ appliances; not only are they more energy efficient but frequently have other technologies that make them appealing to consumers such as ‘noise dampening’ so the product operates more quietly. They may also use less water to complete a cycle or may have shorter cycles that took longer in previous models. These types of new technological advances have led to labeling the newer appliances as ‘smart’. Perhaps what they should be saying is that Americans are ‘smart’ for insisting that companies address energy efficiency!
Prospective homeowners are also joining the move for greater energy efficiency in their homes. Many now ask for energy ratings when they are house hunting. And, nationally indications are that energy consumption in the average household is falling and continues to do so despite the fact that we have more electric appliances in our homes.
Finally, homes are responsible for a little over 20% of all energy used in the country – a figure that also reflects the amount of emissions, too. The Department of Energy figures that each household could reduce their energy consumption by up to 30% if they install energy efficient appliances and use other energy saving measures.