Our future necessitates that we use energy wisely. This shift to smart energy usage is based upon three integral components . It begins with, first, energy conservation, then energy efficiency, ending with renewable energy production. This is the sequence of transition that will lead us towards a sustainable future nationally and globally.
The graphs below captures the huge quantity of energy consumed by buildings. This percentage of consumption must decrease, even while new buildings and homes are constructed. We have the know how, the science, the materials and desire to turn the tide.
The myth that fossil fuel energy is cheap and endlessly available is not valid. Instead we need to embrace the conservation of our limited energy supplies and invest in long lasting solutions through building energy retrofits. Make your home airtight and super-insulated and save money, increase comfort and live in healthy secure home. The transition to a lower-energy future is achievable with the inclusion of energy conservation into our conscious, our daily practices.
Buildings in the United States use over 48% of the energy demand in our country. We have the technology, and capability to implement energy efficiency measures that can cut consumption in half. We have made real progress on this front and must continue. Energy Star appliances have value, along with LED lighting and power strips.
Renewable energy must continue to enter the power grid. We need a balance of green energy sources that will reduce CO2 emmisions and and create jobs. The seesaw needs to tip with renewables ahead of fossil fuels. With conservation and efficiency first, renewables will bring us closer to a sustainable future.