October is energy awareness month and this year the theme is “A Sustainable Energy Future; Putting all the Pieces Together“. From solar power system installation in homes/businesses, using energy-efficient lightbulbs to even lowering the thermostat, these are just a few ways that people can help to become more energy-efficient and help do their bit for the environment.
This year’s campaign aims to show that no matter how large the problem may appear, we are all part of the solution. Every day, each of us makes decisions that can stimulate sustainability, and when we put all these pieces together, we have the means to create a sustainable energy future and a more robust economy to boot. Whether you choose to find the Best Energy Monitor – Emporia Energy, use energy-saving lightbulbs or even to wash your clothes on a lower temperature, there are many ways in which we can all make a change and start saving energy.
With this being said, it comes as no surprise to find that anyone looking to save energy within the home would look into potential solutions such as crestron home automation systems as this can allow you to use energy efficiently and be in control of it all. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, be sure to do your research.
It is not just investment in renewable energy for a more environmentally responsible energy supply that we need to focus on, but also the everyday actions that can reduce energy demand (and save us money!)-like replacing an inefficient light bulb with an efficient one, turning off lights and appliances when they are not in use, turning our A/C temperature up a degree and making sure nothing is left on standby. If you think you are paying too much for your electricity, gas or energy bills, why not look into a website like Simply Switch, who can potentially help you save money and switch provider to find the best deals for you.
The Sustainable Development Unit has created an Energy Saving Checklist specifically for the Cayman Islands, which has a range of simple and easy actions to help you and your family save energy. Download the checklist from http://doe.ky/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/ci-energy-saving-checklist.pdf for some top tips. You can also view the latest installment of CITN’s Environment Break, where Sheena Hurlstone and Sophie Halford talk through some examples of energy saving actions from the checklist and their benefits. If you are interested in some more detailed suggestions regarding saving energy in the office, have a look at the SDU’s “Reduce Your Office Footprint” guide at http://doe.ky/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/reducing-your-office-footprint_part1-energy.pdf
This year the US Department for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has also produced some great animations you can download as reminders to save energy. Why not send these around to friends and colleagues to spread the word, or add them to your email signature?