When we think of living more eco-friendly, the first thing that comes to mind is usually energy. And more specifically, energy-efficiency. I hope I’ve shown in our A Year for Earth series that we can impact the world we live in, in so many ways outside just energy.
But energy DOES play a part. So this month, lets explore how we can bring a little more balance to our energy consumption.
Living more energy efficiently
At home, we can reduce our energy consumption by replacing old appliances with newer, energy efficient options. We can also reduce our use of the types of appliances that uses a lot of energy, such as air conditioners, dryers and space heaters.
When possible, we can swap driving for walking or cycling or public transportation.
Program your thermostat to save both energy and money by not heating/cooling your home when not necessary.
The big picture
The world currently consumes around 100 million barrels of oil, every day. Fossil fuels supply about 80% of the energy required around the world. And our requirements continue to climb as the world’s population grows. But did you know this:
“The biggest demand for oil will be for petrochemicals, not transportation (diesel and gasoline)” - CAPP
Petrochemicals are used in the manufacturing of plastics, pesticides, fertilizers, drugs, synthetic fibres and and paints, among many others.
So as you can see, if we want to reduce the use of fossil fuels (a finite source of energy), ALL the challenges we’ve shared this year are important because they all help us start to shift away from the use of of these products.
Each challenge, though it might seem small, plays a part in preserving a planet for future generations, by bringing our own actions into balance.
Nature Aligned Energy Action Steps
Reduce your use of high-energy-consuming appliances, and replace older ones for energy-efficient models.
Walk, bike and use public transit instead of driving, whenever possible
- Program your thermostat
- Reduce your use of single-use plastic, and opt for new-to-you instead of new when you can