Geography30, Final Project
1 May 2014
Residential Energy Efficiency
When the topic of energy efficiency is brought up, many people do not know how large of an issue it has become. People think that it is such a hard issue to tackle, but if it is brought down to a personal and residential level, it becomes more personal. Residential energy efficiency is considered a human-environment issue. It involves humans in several ways. For example the human decision-making process can shape and change the natural environment. In this case, whether a person decides to be energy efficient and sustainable or not can affect the environment that they live in. If a ...view middle of the document...
Energy efficiency safeguards our nation by decreasing the overall demand for energy and therefore the need to import and transport fossil fuels. An obvious reason that energy efficiency is important is because it is good for the environment; we use less energy therefore we save precious natural resources and cut down on pollution. If all of these things are improved because of energy efficiency then the overall quality of life will be improved. We will be more comfortable, especially in our homes with the consideration of insulation. We will be more productive; businesses can improve productivity by taking advantage of energy efficiency in office building and production processes. We will also have smart growth technologies and transportation systems that will make us more accessible and make it easier for use to get around ("Top 5 Reasons to Be Energy Efficient"). Ultimately the environment and humans lives are at stake if we do no become more energy efficient.
I feel like this topic is not easily solved because it is not easy to create new technologies over night that will save mass amounts of energy to save the environment. It is an extreme process to be able to start creating a new technology that will help with energy efficiency. First someone has to brainstorm an idea that could potentially be beneficial to the environment. Since 2009, E3T has used a standard process for identifying, screening and assessing emerging technologies. This framework, developed through interdisciplinary collaboration with public power stakeholders, consists of a series of assessment stages, in which our criteria increase in precision and confidence. Each of several "stage gates" provides a decision point for advancing technologies with greatest potential for adoption by energy efficiency programs in the Northwest ("Energy Efficiency-Technology Selection Process”). Along with that, it takes more than one person who takes action to save energy to make a change in the environment. It will take a lot to get a large group of people to do something let alone an entire nation. Building awareness should be the first step to fix this problem. The majority of people do not understand how big of an issues energy efficiency is and how it effects the environment. After people understand the problem, educating them on the subject will cure them of their ignorance of the subject. Developing school and university curricula on energy us and productivity, conduct consumer outreach programs will help the people get a better idea of what is going on. Developing technical certification, and providing related workforce training and continuing education will allow people to put what they know understand about energy efficiency into action (“Educate”). Some people even make the stretch to say that letting the environment and nature run its course is the best solutions to any environmental issues that are coming about. There have been studies that show that the human...