Have you ever thought about your home’s energy efficiency?

If you haven’t, now might be a good time to start.

solar panelFor those not already aware, “energy efficiency” refers to the management and restraint of energy use. If something is more energy efficient than something else, this means that it is able to do more work with the same amount of energy, or do the same amount of work with less energy. “Energy conservation” refers to simply using less energy — such as turning off the light or lowering the thermostat. Both energy efficiency and energy conservation are necessary to reduce negative impacts on the environment.

Consuming less energy is important as much of the energy we use comes from non-renewable natural resources such as oil, natural gas, and coal. The consumption of these energy sources lead to greenhouse gas emissions, and when the resources run out, they will be gone forever. Energy efficiency and energy conservation also allows the country to import fewer energy resources from foreign countries, leading to a more self-sustainable economy.

More efficient use of energy, or reduced use of energy, also lowers your monthly utility bill. Using less energy, such as by turning off the TV when you’re not watching, means a lower energy bill. Similarly, using appliances and fixtures that are designed to be energy efficient will provide you with a high level of performance, while consuming less energy.

Long story short

If you’re concerned about your impact on the environment, the increasing numbers on your utility bills, or both, it’s time that you start thinking about how you can make your home more energy efficient.

Browse through our pages for more ideas on how you can reduce your ecological footprint.