Energy efficiency is vital in terms of climate change

How much of a difference can changing a light bulb make? Many may think any difference at all would be insignificant as it is small, but this is just not the case.

According to a recent study conducted at the Georgia Institute of Technology, effective energy efficient changes lead to greater energy savings, and in turn, greenhouse gas reductions.

"Many people consider energy efficiency to be the low-hanging fruit," Wang said. "If you're facing the target of trying to mitigate climate change, energy efficiency should be the first choice because it's cheap and easy in comparison with other options," said assistant professor of political science at Iowa State University Yu Wang.

By implementing a combination of energy efficient measures both at home and work, potential electricity savings alone could reach 10.2 percent by 2035.

Not everyone will change their light bulbs or make other small changes if they're not aware of the effect, or in some cases, told to do so. The U.S has a range of efficiency to make up for, especially in terms of a global comparison scale. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked the U.S. 13 of 16 on its 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The U.S. was beat by South Korea, Germany and China, among others.

By taking a step by step approach to energy efficiency, real change can be created. Governments across the globe must take an initiative now to make better efficiency a reality.

Start with the light bulbs in your home in terms of change. Consider looking at the age of your appliances, as well as heating and cooling systems for next steps. To learn more about the overall efficiency of your home, schedule an energy audit with Alban Inspections. Visit our website to learn more.