Is Your Energy Conversation Driving Energy Conservation?
When it comes to energy conservation, do you ‘walk the walk’ as well as ‘talk the talk’?
Do you like saving money?
Do you care about the environment and energy use?
If you answered yes to these questions, you are probably (hopefully) using some type of energy saving devices/technology in your home or office right now.
The drive to save money through energy efficiency may seem like old news to you. This is probably because the beginning of energy efficiency as we know it, was over 30 years ago in the 1970’s. Back then, it was more often called, “energy conservation”.
It began as the US was responding to the price hikes of the Arab Oil Embargo. The US government responded in 1977 by establishing the Department of Energy to, among other things, ‘diversify energy resources and promote conservation’. This generally revolved around just using less energy.
Today, we have Energy Efficiency Day –a collaboration of energy advocacy groups encouraging and educating individuals and businesses to save energy. It started in 2016, and generally takes place on the first Wednesday in October.
Energy Efficiency in your Home
Besides using less energy, technology is available to help us become smarter in how we use energy, and offers us a variety of options in how and what we use. With readily available consumer products including:
- Energy saving light bulbs
- Water saving spouts
- Water reducing toilets
- Solar chargers
- Electricity monitors
- Energy saving plugs
- Intelligent mains plug panels
- Smart Thermostats
Not to mention programs where you can sign up for free energy audits of your home, there is literally no excuse not to jump on the energy efficiency bandwagon.
Companies and utilities have even produced Energy Saving Treasure Hunts. To start your own energy saving treasure hunt you can…
- Check for devices on stand-by mode or those not plugged into an advanced power strip (phones, computers, TV’s, phone chargers, and gaming consoles
- Feel for air drafts under doors, around windows or between rooms (insulate, insulate, insulate)
- Check window panes and leaky faucets for condensation (caulk or seal replacement)
- Replace lighting with energy efficient bulbs
Contact your local utility to see if they offer energy audits and rebate programs to help you become more energy efficient.
If you are required to pay attention to energy savings for your job, whether managing a facility or conducting energy audits, there are a number of data loggers that can help you track and monitor energy including:
For facility managers trying to understand energy consumption and loss in a building, Onset has a host of free resources just for you:
- Energy Professional Guide to Data Logging
- Facility Manager’s Guide to Data Logging
- Monitoring HVAC Performance with Data Loggers
- Choosing an Occupancy and Light On/Off Data Logger
- Choosing a Temperature Data Logger
- Tips for Selecting and Deploying Data Loggers for Building Performance
- Choosing the Right Temp/RH Data Loggers to Meet Your Needs
- Intro to the HOBO Plug Load Logger
- Intro to the HOBO Time-of-Use Data Loggers
Are you using HOBO data loggers for energy auditing or to track energy usage in a facility? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know! We’d love to share your application on our website, blog and social.