Celebrate Progress and Potential on Energy Efficiency Day

On Energy Efficiency Day, let us celebrate the work that’s been done to create more energy-efficient practices and learn how we can continue to progress.

Apart from being the time of year for spooky festivities and all things autumn related, October is Energy Action Month! The US Department of Energy designates October as Energy Action Month in hopes of bringing awareness to all things energy-related in terms of our national goals and achievements, as well as what the individual person can do to be more energy aware.

Today, October 5, 2017, is Energy Efficiency Day. Across the nation, businesses, universities, and organizations are putting forth efforts to improve their energy usage, programs and policies. There has been tremendous progress in the way we as a nation depends on energy, making technological advancements and policy changes daily to be more energy efficient.

What Does it Mean to be Energy-Efficient?

In it’s simplest terms, energy efficiency refers to when less energy is used to provide the same service. Most often, people think of light bulbs as the most attainable way to be energy efficient. However, through innovation and advancements, we as a society have developed ways to be energy efficient including operating appliances, running machinery and powering office buildings.

Depending on the situation, instituting a more energy-efficient practice may be an expensive investment up front, but the long term results undoubtedly prove to be economical. Even as innovators continue to come up with more ways to establish energy-efficient practices and products, the price for being green and efficient will become less.

Efficient homes and office buildings are some of the clearest examples of just how much our society is turning to green practices. It’s considered an honor to be recognized as a LEED-certified building. With such extensive operation time, office and apartment buildings are looking for more ways to cut back on energy usage and save on energy costs. The goal for more buildings to be LEED-certified is growing as the benefits greatly outweigh past building practices:

“LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.”

Energy-efficient appliances are investment pieces and greatly out-value other products. For any product, there are two costs: the up front cost and the maintenance cost.

Products that promote themselves as operating with high energy efficiency tend to last longer than traditional products. They also save the consumer on operating and energy costs. Saving energy and money? It seems like a no-brainer for consumers. Look for products that are certified by Energy Star and start making the pledge to be more energy efficient!

Benefits Beyond Energy Use

The benefits of choosing energy-efficient practices go beyond just saving energy. With so many positive benefits from an individual and the nation’s perspective, there really is no reason why we shouldn’t be choosing more sustainable business and lifestyle choices.

The NRDC put together these impressive statistics on how extensive the benefits of engaging in energy-efficient practices can be:

  • “It lowers energy bills. Just by using more efficient appliances, the average U.S. household saves $500 every year, and cumulative savings are expected to add up to $2.4 trillion by 2035.
  • It creates jobs. 2.2 million Americans are employed in energy efficiency-related jobs, meaning they are involved in the design, installation, and manufacture of energy-efficient products and services. Employment in this market is expected to see a 9 percent to 11 percent growth rate in 2017.
  • It fuels the economy. Due to energy efficiency, energy use in the U.S. remained flat between 2005 and 2016, despite 17 percent growth in the U.S. economy (Gross Domestic Product) over that period.
  • It improves air quality and public health. Decreased energy usage means less reliance on generating it from fossil fuels that spew pollutants into the air that pose serious health threats. It also means fewer asthma attacks, missed workdays, emergency room visits, and premature deaths.”

If improved air quality and overall wellness can be a benefit from becoming more energy-efficient, Venta is all in!

Venta’s Commitment to Greener Practices

Here on our blog, we cover energy, sustainability, and green topics because we value and follow those ideas.

Our headquarters in Germany is operated by 100% wind energy. The materials our units are made from our recycled plastic and are 100% recyclable. When it comes to energy efficiency, our products, even our largest Airwasher, operate with less energy than a standard light bulb. In every way we can, Venta is committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

After blue, green truly is our favorite color.

The Future is Bright

While so much progress has been made to be a more energy-efficient society, there is always room to grow. More so every day, we are learning what our potential can be by making new strides in technology and innovation.

As we continue to strive towards these green practices, the benefits will also increase, creating positive impacts on communities, the economy, the environment, and overall health.

Check out the NRDC’s 2017 State Energy Efficiency Score Card to see just how far we’ve come and how much potential there is at the state, local and federal levels to be more energy efficient.

What opportunities to be more energy efficient do you currently take part in or wish to take part in? Let us know how you want to participate in Energy Efficiency Day!