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Reducing our energy consumption
A big part of living more sustainably is reducing the amount of energy we use. We all use energy every day – from our household appliances to our computers and cars – which means there are lots of opportunities to be smarter with the way we use energy.
What is energy efficiency?
Being energy efficient means reducing our overall demand for energy. We become more energy efficient when we use less energy, or switch to more efficient energy sources, like renewable energy sources.
Energy Sustainability Pyramid Diagram
Why do we need to reduce our energy consumption?
A lot of the energy we use to power our homes and businesses comes from burning fossil fuels, such as coal, to produce electricity. This releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which leads to global warming.
By reducing the amount of energy we use, we can help to reduce the need for burning fossil fuels – and that means a healthier environment for our planet.
How can I reduce my energy consumption?
Reducing your energy consumption doesn't mean making huge changes to your life.
In fact, small changes like remembering to switch off lights or turn off appliances can make a big difference.
To help you get started with reducing your energy consumption, we've got some quick energy-saving tips that you can put into action today – check out How Do We Become More Energy Efficient?
What Do You Mean?
Reducing CO2 emissions creates a more sustainable and healthier Eart
Fossil fuels are natural, non-renewable fuels such as coal, oil and gas. Burning these fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which contributes to global warming.
Energy efficiency means reducing our overall demand for energy, i.e. by using less energy to produce the same product or service.
Renewable energy comes from a source that will never run out. Renewable energy sources are environmentally-friendly.
Eco-friendly fluorescent light globes use up to 5 times less energy than regular globes to produce the same amount of light.
Fossil fuels provide over 80% of the world's energy.
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