Energy Efficiency: Solar's Best Friend

Energy efficiency improvements in every part of your home can save you money. Energy efficiency improvements in every part of your home can save you money. Photo Credit: energystar.gov

The U.S. consumes a huge amount of energy (100 quadrillion British thermal units (btu) per year to be exact), making up nearly 20% of the world's energy. Astonishingly, more than half the energy we generate is wasted. Imagine what we could do with that wasted energy or with the money saved from not buying it? Better yet, imagine what challenges and conflicts we could address by simply using energy more wisely...seems like a no-brainer, right? Yet, the most simple and the most cost-effective step is often the most overlooked.

Simply put, energy efficiency is the cheapest, fastest and cleanest energy resource – it just makes sense. Energy efficient homes and businesses reduce unnecessary energy consumption, thereby reducing harmful emissions and the demand for new energy resources. They also provide healthier living conditions, improved comfort and productivity, and reduced energy bills. What's not to like?

If you are considering a solar energy system for your home or business (or, if you can't go solar), be sure to explore your energy efficiency options too! Most buildings have ample low-cost and simple energy efficiency opportunities everywhere you look: from light bulbs and weather-stripping, to regular HVAC tune-ups and insulation. Whether your building is new or old, there are likely opportunities to improve efficiency, while also making it primed for a solar energy system. And, in Utah, there are rebates for efficiency improvements, which is just icing on the cake!

So don't wait until your solar energy system is on your roof! Take action today to start saving money and bragging to your neighbors about your new (lower) utility bills!

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