The Benefits Of Energy Efficiency
These days, when it comes to our electrical habits, it seems as though the words “energy” and “efficiency” go hand in hand. Energy efficiency is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to increase the amount of energy available for use. But why is efficiency important and how does it affect you?
Simply put: Energy efficiency and the measures you take to save energy in your home add up to dollars saved. More money in your wallet!
According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program, Americans saved up to $7 billion on residential energy bills in 2004 from energy saving measures and by building energy efficient homes.
In addition to the monetary savings associated with going green, several psychological benefits have been associated with choosing to be energy efficient in your home. For example, using natural lighting sources can make a home or office more comfortable, increasing worker productivity and/or making a retail space more appealing to customers. Better-ventilated buildings and quiet motors also make for a healthier, happier atmosphere.
According to a study by the Rocky Mountain Institute, efficient buildings have been linked to a rise in labor productivity between six and 16 percent; this can be attributed to a quiet, comfortable office with cleaner air and natural lighting.
Seems like a win-win, right?