Throughout the world, there is a growing movement to utilize everyday technologies that can help ordinary people protect the world’s environment, while helping them save money. It is a fact that the loss of resources has a double impact on our lives; the damage that waste causes in our world and the economic drain it imposes on our families.
There are very simple ways to start making a significant change – things that we can afford and can do, with small investments that pay for themselves in no time; investments that are so straightforward, we sometimes think they are too simple to be effective! But as soon as we commit to performing these changes, we discover how effective they are.
- Changing incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent lamps. This is the perfect example of what people don’t consider proper technology because it is, well, just a bulb. In fact fluorescent lamps have a sophisticated design that will lead you to enjoy 10,000 hours of light vs. 3,000 from an incandescent bulb. In terms of money, the initial investment could seem high, because a fluorescent lamp costs around $3.75 and the bulb just $1.75 (depending on the brand). But after completing the changeover, those fluorescent bulbs will save you around $200 a year..…sounds like a deal to me!
- Double pane glass windows and door panels. Whether you own a house, or you are building your dream home and really want to lower your heating and cooling expenses, this is a great option. The insulation properties of modern windows and doors will represent savings of about $247 to $313 a year by preserving indoor temperatures and minimizing the influence of the weather. It is an effective technology that reflects what humans did first; we built shelters to keep the outside, outside.
- Hot water is one of the most expensive amenities we have at home. By replacing a standard water heater with a more efficient design, the average family will make savings of up to $300 a year. This technology may seem to be one of the most expensive to invest in, because a new heater that has proven “green” credentials, could cost around $1000, but the payback is calculated to take only 3 to 5 years. It is totally worth it.
- Other technologies like solar panels and wind energy are still too expensive for our everyday energy consumption. However, scientists and engineers are working hard to make reusable energy more accessible, so that we can deliver a sustainable contribution to the Green Movement and demonstrate responsible stewardship of the environment.
Sometimes, the simplest actions, like changing a light bulb can make a huge difference. Taking small incremental steps in our own homes, will help create a culture of energy efficiency.
In industry, the simple, non-disruptive action of adding IceCOLD® to HVAC and refrigeration systems will improve efficiency, reduce costs and cut carbon emissions, on a massive scale. Worth giving it a thought!