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In the last few decades or so, the world has woken up to the looming threat of a global meltdown, as a result of several thousand years of wasteful living. Can the damage caused be potentially reversed? Its too late to ask now. But can we reduce or cut down further losses by collectively doing something?
While the big guns are meeting every year to decide which countries in the world contribute more to the ozone layer depletion and who needs to cut down emission by what rate, there are small and big steps that every one of us can take to reduce the impact.
In an effort to reduce the energy consumption by households and on a larger scale by industries, energy efficiency policies were designed.
The goal of these is to make US economically more productive by making it an energy productive economy that can deliver greater number and better quality of products and services enhancing incomes, employment opportunities and overall quality of life for Americans. By necessity, the federal energy saving policies were focused on product standards and economic tools that affect the efficiency profile of products and investments that enter into the economy.
There is evidence that adoption of public policies designed to energy efficiency and productivity have bore fruit. It is estimated that America has increased energy productivity by 60-70% since 1970 by adoption of efficient products and services.
Residential and Commercial Electricity Consumption
It is estimated that residential and commercial buildings account for about 41% of the total energy consumption in US. Much of this consumption is from electrical devices running at homes, refrigerators, televisions, dishwashers, clothes washer and computers. At an individual level, as a consumer of appliances that run in our homes we are also equally obligated to do our bit in helping the government and nation in achieving the targets set for reducing consumption and increasing efficiency.
Change in behavior along with mandated regulations that affect energy use has brought about the desired results that the policies aimed.
Energy Star programs began in 1990s to identify and recognize energy efficient products. Buildings and building energy upgrades also were brought under its umbrella.
When shopping for electrical goods and computer, look for the Energy Star label.The more number of stars more is the savings. In any product category, energy star models are the most energy efficient meeting or exceeding federal standards. What more, with energy efficient appliances, you are saving not just money but the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.
There’s just one rule to remember when shopping, look for the Energy Star label. Some stores make it more tempting by offering discounts on such items. Keep the following in mind when making a purchase
Buy the right size of air conditioners, water heaters and refrigerators to avoid wasting energy and money.
Whenever possible buy devices that use natural gas instead of electricity.
Think long term since energy-efficient appliances cost more to buy, but they result in significant savings in the long run.