When thinking about energy, people often first think about renewable energy installations. However, there are several crucial steps that must be taken before renewable energy is employed in order to achieve true energy independence. The first and most foundational of these is conservation. Renewable energy is cleaner option and kinder to the environment, but if a household continues to use outdated appliances, have drafty windows, or leave the lights on in empty rooms, it will still be wasting the same amount of energy.
Penn State’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering has developed the Energy Pyramid, which serves as a guide to energy independence projects. It highlights the importance of energy conservation as the first step towards using renewables and achieving energy independence. Conservation is dependent upon behavioral change among a group of people; a factor that is crucial to the sustainability of any energy independence initiative.
This tab provides energy saving tips that provide ways to conserve energy at home or work. Many of these tips involve easy behavior changes, and can be done with little to no investment.