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Celebrating National Energy Conservation Day

Last Updated on: January 5, 2022

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With a growing world population, the amount of energy humans consume every day is continuing to increase. In order to preserve our non-renewable resources and protect the planet on which we live, we need to start conserving the energy we use.

Energy. From fueling our cars, planes, and ships to powering our homes, energy is what keeps our world running. While energy is a necessity for just about everywhere in the world, it is becoming a more precious commodity as the global population grows and energy consumption increases.

To help ensure that we do not overuse our energy resources or use more than our fair share of energy each day, we invite you to participate in celebrating National Energy Conservation Day!

What Is National Energy Conservation Day?

National Energy Conservation Day was created by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in India in 1991. Every December 14, the BEE seeks to create greater awareness about the importance of energy conservation, particularly among the massive Indian population. They do this mainly by educating people about how they can reduce their energy consumption and increase energy efficiency. (1)

While this holiday originated in India and is celebrated there every year, it is certainly a holiday that the whole world should participate in.

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National Energy Conservation Day focuses on how we can reduce our energy consumption and help preserve the world we live in.

What Is Energy Conservation?

There are two main terms when it comes to saving energy: energy conservation and energy efficiency. While both relate to wasting fewer energy resources and reducing our carbon footprint, there is a distinct difference. Energy efficiency focuses on technology, specifically how advanced technologies can help reduce the amount of energy something uses. For example, an LED light bulb will use less energy than an incandescent one. (2)

Energy conservation, however, relates more to behavior and the things we do in our lives to use less energy. An example of this is turning off the lights when you leave a room or unplugging appliances when you aren’t using them. (2) Because energy conservation focuses on behavior and habits we can change, it’s something we can all do one simple step at a time.

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A major reason why we need to conserve energy is to reduce the amount of fossil fuels we burn and thus help reduce the warming effects our planet is experiencing.

Why Is Energy Conservation Important?

Did you know that humans use about 575 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) worldwide? That comes out to be about 78 million Btu per person — the equivalent to the energy produced by striking 2.5 matches every second. (3) Conserving energy is great for many reasons. One we can all appreciate is saving a bit of money; by reducing the amount of energy you use, you can lower your energy bill — potentially up to several hundred dollars! (4)

While saving money is great, perhaps a more important reason to conserve energy is to preserve the environment and protect the planet. Energy comes from both renewable and non-renewable sources, but Americans today are using roughly three times the amount of energy our great-grandparents used 100 years ago. (3) If we overuse energy, there will come a time when we don’t have enough resources left to provide the amount of energy we are used to. Not only that, but burning fossil fuels for energy releases harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. This pollutes the air and contributes to rising global temperatures that threaten various ecosystems. (5)

By limiting the amount of energy we use, we can help ensure that we do not run out of non-renewable resources while also reducing our carbon footprint.

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Conserving energy can be easy! With a few simple changes, you can save both energy and money.

Simple Ways to Conserve Energy

Conserving energy doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, you can save energy by practicing a few simple habits right at home (4, 6):

  • Carpool, bike, or use public transportation to get to work.
  • Open windows and make use of natural light and warmth during the day. Close the blinds at night to keep cold air out.
  • Turn down the thermostat for your heater. Just one degree can save you roughly $107 a year.
  • Make sure the seals on the fridge and freezer are airtight and defrost them regularly.
  • Fix any drafts coming in from seals around doors and windows.
  • Switch to LED, halogen-incandescent, or compact fluorescent light bulbs. These use anywhere from 25% – 80% less electricity and last up to five times longer!
  • Turn the lights off when you leave a room unless you’re coming right back.
  • Change the thermostat to a lower temperature or turn it off while you are out of the house.
  • Take chargers out of the sockets when you are not using them. Keeping them plugged in still uses power, even if they aren’t charging a device.
  • Use appliances that have the Energy Star label, which is a federal guarantee that they consume less energy both during use and on standby mode.
  • Save on water heating expenses by using less hot water, turning down the water heater thermostat, or insulating the first six feet of your water pipes.
  • Keep your air filters and ventilation ducts clean and properly sealed and insulated.

Conserving Energy, Conserving Life

The list above only scratches the surface when it comes to the different behaviors and habits we can incorporate into our lives to help conserve a little more energy. If each of us can make just a few changes in our daily habits, we could begin to see a major difference in the amount of energy we consume each day. Not only that, but the more energy we can conserve, the more we can help protect our way of life and the various species and ecosystems that share this planet.

So what are you waiting for? Join us in celebrating National Energy Conservation Day not just today, but every day!

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