What is National Energy Awareness Month?
National Energy Awareness Month was established in 1991 by former president, George H.W. Bush. It is a month to recognize the importance of energy to our national prosperity and security. It is also a time to raise awareness of the importance of sustainably managing the nation's energy resources. Energy goes beyond lighting, heating, and cooling our buildings. Energy also protects our health by powering emergency response, modern medical care in hospitals, transportation, sanitation and clean water systems.
Why is it Important to Recognize Energy?
As of today, the majority of our energy is generated from power plants powered by fossil fuels. These plants generate energy but also pollute the environment by emitting harmful gases in the atmosphere. These toxic gases are not only harmful to the environment but also cause serious health concerns to humans and animals.
Resources such as coal, oil and gas are not sustainable. They might not be available for future generations, so it's imperative to conserve energy and protect our environment from further degradation. Exploring and investing in renewable energy sources is another way to prepare for the future.
How Can YOU Help?
Here are a few ways to celebrate National Energy Awareness Month and lower your energy consumption:
- Update Lighting - LED lights work up to 20,000 to 50,000 hours and take up about 50-80% less energy than the typical incandescent bulbs.
- Seal Air Leaks - Have a Building Performance Expert help you find the cracks and leaks in your building envelope. This will increase comfort and decrease utility bills. Air leakage accounts for between 25 percent and 40 percent of the energy used for heating and cooling in a typical residence.
- Check your Insulation - It’s getting cold! Have a Building Performance Expert inspect your insulation levels to ensure that they are appropriate for our climate. Did you know that 9 out of 10 homes in the U.S. are under insulated?
- Green Appliances - Look for the Energy Star rating on appliances to ensure they comply with the United States’ commitment to superior energy efficiency.
- Programmable Thermostats - You can get a thermostat that automatically lowers the temperature in your home while you are away during the day and warms it back up when you get home. Lowering the thermostat by just 5 degrees can save up to 10% of a consumers energy bill.
- Smart Power Strips - Toasters, TVs, blenders, chargers and computers that are plugged in throughout the day can siphon energy when not in use. Plugging them into a Smart Power Strip can prevent them from sucking energy when not in use.
- Home Performance Assessment - Assessments can help you with updating lighting, detecting air leaks, examining your insulation, inspecting your appliances, recommending smart technology, and many more energy saving tactics.
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