When one uses their energy use in an
efficient way, one uses less energy to perform
the same task or produce the same result.
Energy efficient buildings use less energy to
cool, heat, and run appliances and electronics.
Energy efficiency harnesses technology to
mitigate or reduce energy waste so you can
still do everything you usually do- just using
Energy conservation, on the other hand, relies on people cutting back on activities that consume energy that could be avoided. Examples include turning off the lights when leaving a room, unplugging appliances when not in use, tweaking TV settings, turning off electronics, or adjusting temperature settings.
The goal of energy efficiency and energy conservation
is mutual- to reduce energy consumption.
There is a myriad of ways that one can go about being
more mindful about conserving and using energy in their
home and everyday life. To get started, tackle the
low-hanging fruit first, and start small!
Image Credit: Minnesota Power
Energy Efficiency Resources
Home Energy Guides
Center for Energy & Environment video
Check out these informative guides from Clean Energy Resource Teams, the Department of Energy & the Minnesota Commerce Department of Energy Resources!
Using energy in a more efficient manner is one of the quickest, most cost-effective ways to 1. Save money on your bills!
2. Create new jobs
3. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
4. Meet the growing energy demand
5. Relieve stress on the power grid and create a more resilient power grid
6. Better for the planet by reducing air and water pollution
MN Dept of Commerce Episode 2: What is Energy Efficiency? Video
Paid for in part by funding from the UMN Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership.