Galway Energy Agency, Homeowners, Businesses, Manufacturers, Entrepreneurs, Policymakers
We can be far less wasteful and far more efficient in the way we generate and use energy. According to the International Energy Agency improved energy efficiency in buildings, industrial processes and transportation could reduce the world’s energy needs in 2050 by one third. Energy efficiency is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to combat climate change, clean the air we breathe, save money for businesses and reduce energy costs for ordinary people. Lower levels of energy waste is good for our economy as less money leaves the region and the country on imported fuels.
There needs to be greater awareness of the many advantages of energy efficiency. National and local government support for energy efficiency (advice, grants, investment, loans, education, legislation) needs to be expanded in order to eliminate as much energy waste as possible in our homes, businesses, the public sector, power production, transport and manufacturing.
Encouraging and investing in universities, businesses and investors to develop new, energy efficient technologies while boosting the efficiency of current technologies on the market is a priority. Government-led awareness campaigns are necessary to explain the concept of cost-benefit analysis and of payback period calculations for families to encourage investment in energy efficient practices and technologies (many families do not understand how much money they can actually save in the medium- to long-term).
The websites listed below outline many measures that increase energy efficiency including:
– Insulating our buildings
– Discouraging waste in the workplace such as turning off appliances, lights, printers, etc. when not in use; avoiding overheating
– Replacing inefficient boilers (such as an old oil boiler) with more efficient, renewable technologies such as heat pumps
– A factory investing in newer, more efficient machines
National Energy Efficiency Action Plan – Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Dublin 2
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), Wilton Place, Dublin 2
The Carbon Trust, London, UK