Energy efficiency plays a huge role in
sustainability. Energy efficiency basically means using less
energy for the same level of service. By
using our resources in smarter, more efficient ways, we can
significantly reduce the demands we put on our environment.
There are many methods to make buildings more energy efficient.
Minimizing the amount of air leakage into (and out of) a building
by utilizing tight construction techniques, installing low-E value
& low U-value windows, using high-efficiency furnaces, light
fixtures & appliances, as well as increasing insulation values above
what is required by local building codes are all excellent ways to
increase energy efficiency.
Being energy efficient does
not stop when you buy all the latest energy saving technologies.
You have to also be diligent in turning off lights, appliances,
and other fixtures when they are not in use, as well as taking the
steps necessary to properly maintain your energy efficient equipment.