I think the huge increase and interest in solar energy was the biggest energy management tool in 2009.
If you’re looking to conserve now, your contribution really depends on your situation and your goals, but I can give you a few tips. For one thing, you can practice good ol’ conservation, which never goes out of style. Energy is the best way to help the environment. Use energy-efficient lighting and allow as much natural light to come in to your home as much as possible. Also, running your appliances during off-peak hours helps save costs and places less strain on your energy provider.
Using renewable resources and reducing waste saves energy in the bigger picture, because less materials and energy will be consumed in the long run. Bamboo in place of wood, reusable cloth bags instead of paper or plastic, Aluminum water bottles instead of disposable plastic bottles, etc.
Check out the helpful video below for information on how you can conserve if a solar energy system is not currently an option for you.
Companies are starting to release tools that help monitor your home’s energy use. Energyhub, Tendril and Onzo were released in 2009, and a list of additional monitors can be seen at http://earth2tech.com/2009/04/14/10-energy-dashboards-for-your-home/.
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