For most of the past century, the electricity sales and economic activity have fluctuated in tandem. This was certainly true in 2008, when an economic recession saw sales dip sharply after reaching a historic high the year before. The complex factors are driving the electricity consumption, and there is a little doubt that the economy lingers, particularly in the manufacturing sector. But there’s also a reason to believe that the policies and programs aimed to increase the energy efficiency.
Generally, the energy efficiency simply means using less energy to perform the same task – that is, eliminating energy waste. Energy efficiency brings a variety of benefits: reducing the gas emissions of the greenhouses, decreasing the demand of energy imports, and lowering our costs on a household and economy-wide level. There are potential opportunities for the efficiency improvements in every sector of the economy, whether it is buildings, transportation, industry, or energy generation.
Nowadays, building designers are looking to optimize a building efficiency and then incorporate a renewable energy technologies, that can lead to the creation of zero-energy buildings. Changes in existing buildings can also be made to reduce energy usage and costs. These may include small steps, such as choosing LED light bulbs and energy efficient appliances, or larger efforts such as upgrading insulation and weatherization. Neighborhoods that are designed with mixed use developments and safe, accessible options for walking, biking, and public transportation are a key to reduce the need for personal vehicle travel. While the efficiency doesn’t generate or replace the power, it provides other services that can cut an operator’s costs — shaving down peak power loads and eliminating the need for backup plants, for example. From a project design through to implementation and maintenance, whatever energy efficiency project your business undertakes, we will be there with you in every step of the way. In fact, the efficient energy management extends beyond the building upgrade, installation or tuning itself.
In short using less energy through efficiency measures is good for the economy and your wallet. By reducing the amount of energy required for certain tasks, energy efficiency is also good for the planet. It can help to reduce air and water pollution caused by certain types of energy generation and to avoid negative impacts on critical ecosystems—such as the obstacles a new hydroelectric dam could impose on migrating salmon. It can also relieve the stress on the power grid.