Energy usage is an unavoidable part of everyday life. But the choices we make when it comes to our energy habits can make all the difference for our environment and our daily lives.
What is Energy?
Simply put, energy is the ability to do work. There are two types of energy: stored, or potential energy, and working, or kinetic energy. Energy comes in many different forms, such as thermal, radiant and kinetic, electrical and chemical.
The Difference between Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation
Energy efficiency and energy conservation are two different concepts that go hand in hand when it comes to using energy wisely.
Energy efficiency: Energy efficiency involves using less energy to perform daily functions. For example, energy-efficient lightbulbs and appliances use far less energy than older appliances or incandescent lightbulbs, making them an excellent choice for keeping energy usage in check.
Energy conservation: Energy conservation is directly related to our daily habits. Opening window blinds to let in warmth on a cold winter day is an example of a small action that results in less energy usage.
Renewable energy is energy that can easily be replenished, and it usually comes from a natural source. Renewable energy sources include hydropower energy from flowing water, solar energy from the sun, wind energy, biomass energy from plants and geothermal energy from the earth.
Nonrenewable energy sources cannot be easily replenished. Sources of nonrenewable energy include uranium, coal, natural gas and crude oil. These sources account for up to 90% of all the energy used in the United States each day. This just goes to show how important it is to form good habits and seek energy efficient solutions for our day-to-day activities.
Now that you’re getting settled in your new home, it’s time to start streamlining your energy efficiency. These 10 easy tips are not only environmentally friendly, they also have the potential to save you hundreds of dollars per year.
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