“In the nation’s pursuit of energy affordability, climate change mitigation, and energy security,energy efficiency stands out as perhaps the single most promising resource.” — Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy, McKinsey and Company, September, 2009.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. The problem is, while both business and residential energy efficiency can be major ways to save energy, money, and the planet, it is, just, well, a little boring. RENEWABLE ENERGY gets all the attention, and to be sure, solar, wind, geothermal and tidal power are all exciting ways to save energy, prospects that in the long run will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and unstable foreign power.
But long before these technologies reach a price point that is appealing to most Americans, we can harness the power of improving business and residential energy efficiency to take small, sustainable steps towards a healthier planet, which is why we’ve come up with five simple and inexpensive ways to save energy and money by using less electricity around the home and office.