Why is energy efficiency important for the environment?

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Highlights

  • Electric vehicles, including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) help in minimizing greenhouse gases emissions and saving fuel costs.
  • The purchasing of energy-efficient products can help in conserving natural resources and reducing greenhouse gases emissions and pollution.
  • The government of Canada focuses on creating a green future by making more energy-efficient buildings.

Energy efficiency means using less energy that lowers energy costs and reduces pollution. It is one of the best ways to reduce your energy bills and energy waste.

Energy efficient products, including LED light bulbs consume less energy and help in saving the environment. In this article, we will learn about the importance of energy efficiency for the environment.

Energy efficiency at home

An energy-efficient home is environmentally friendly and helps you to save money and consumes less energy. The consumption of less energy helps in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and eliminates the carbon footprint of the home.

At home, you can save energy, and contribute to the environment in the following ways:

  • Before going on a vacation, you need to make sure that all your devices and appliances are unplugged.
  • You can choose a power bar with a master socket for television and sub-sockets for game consoles, DVD players, etc. It will help in powering down the other devices when you turn off the television.
  • ENERGY STAR certified set-top boxes can help in reducing energy consumption without your service getting impacted.
  • An ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher consumes 12 per cent less energy and an ENERGY STAR certified fridge consumes 10 per cent less energy.
  • Smart power strips help in cutting down power and reducing energy waste when devices are on standby or off.

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The energy from fossil fuels including coal, oil, and gas, emits greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. So, to conserve the environment we need to make our homes energy efficient.

By using an ENERGY STAR-certified home, you can save energy and save the environment. Using less energy means less consumption of natural resources which can help to protect the environment from climate change.

Energy efficiency in transportation

The more fuel your vehicle consumes the more the emission of greenhouse gases. So, you can choose a fuel-efficient vehicle that can help in saving the environment.

Hybrid-electric vehicles are more energy-efficient compared to conventional powertrains. Hybrid vehicles come with a battery pack and are charged by electricity generated by the vehicles. They develop no carbon dioxide or other emissions when they work in electric-only mode.

Electric vehicles, including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) help in minimizing greenhouse gases emissions and saving fuel costs.

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Two types of fuel-efficient electric vehicle.

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Energy efficiency products

ENERGY STAR Canada is an internationally recognized symbol that gives certification to energy-efficient to buildings, homes, and products. ENERGY STAR-certified products in Canada include air purifiers, clothes dryers, freezers, refrigerators, commercial coffee brewers, commercial fryers, computers, cordless telephones, internet phones and more.

The electrical energy we use comes from power plants that produce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases and pollute air, water, and ecosystems. So, we can conserve the environment by using energy efficient products that consume less energy.

The purchasing of energy-efficient products can help in conserving natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.

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Energy efficiency in buildings

Buildings, including homes in Canada, contribute to 18 per cent of GHG emissions. The Canada Greener Homes Grant helps Canadians to make more energy-efficient homes. Energy-efficient homes are more comfortable and affordable to maintain and support environmental objectives.

Buildings are considered an important source of energy consumption and GHG emissions in Canada. To address the issue of climate change energy-efficient buildings are necessary.

The Government of Canada focuses on creating a green future by making more energy-efficient buildings. The different levels of government, including federal, provincial, and territorial governments are planning to invest in energy-efficient homes and buildings and energy benchmarking and labeling programs.

Also read: How is Canada affected by climate change?

Bottom line

Energy efficiency provides various environmental benefits. It helps in eliminating greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change in the environment that impacts wildlife, human health, and vegetation.

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