(STL.News) Electricity is essential to modern civilization, and yet it is also a resource that we need to value and conserve as much as possible.
There are lots of reasons to be energy-efficient and aware of the impact that your electricity use has, so here is a look at just some of the main talking points to help you make the right decisions going forward.
The climate crisis cannot be ignored
One of the first things to keep in mind when you compare electricity providers and analyze the packages they offer is that unless your supply is sustainable, every joule of power you use will eat into the planet’s non-renewable resources.
Coupled with this, the carbon emissions associated with residential energy use account for just over 10% of the global total. The more harmful gasses and particulates we pump into the atmosphere, the worse the outlook for our future on Earth becomes.
Of course, not everyone lives in an area where sustainable, renewable electricity sources are available to them. If you find yourself in this situation, then limiting your energy use is the obvious answer.
Turning off lights, not leaving appliances on standby, opting for the greenest setting when doing the laundry and many more tactics for cutting down on the amount of electricity you require from day to day is wise if you want to preserve the planet for future generations.
The cost savings are significant
Even if you are on an environmentally conscious energy tariff and you know that your electricity is coming from a source that does not emit unhealthy amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, there are still lots of reasons to embrace conservation as a concept.
Saving money is a major motivator for a lot of people, and all of the aforementioned inefficient uses of electricity in your home mount up over the course of the year.
For example, even something as seemingly trivial as turning devices like TVs and monitors off standby could cut your energy bills by $40 or more each year.
You don’t need to live in a completely compromised way, and you can still enjoy all the modern comforts when you actually need them. But reviewing your electricity usage habits and endeavoring to make improvements if you find any shortcomings will leave you with a little extra cash in your bank, and a sense of accomplishment to go along with it.
The wider impact of energy generation is often overlooked
A lot of the focus of the campaign to make the world a greener place centers on carbon emissions in particular, and the role that global warming plays in creating extreme weather events which directly affect humans.
However, there are other knock-on issues associated with lots of traditional approaches to generating electricity that might motivate you to make a change in your own life.
For example, the quality of drinking water can be indirectly compromised by certain types of power plants, with the polluting particles that get into the systems that supply our communities with H2O being a health hazard.
Likewise, the ecosystems which are disrupted or destroyed through human acidities, specifically related to energy generation, lead to flora and fauna disappearing at alarming rates.
So in every sense, it is a good idea to conserve electricity, as well as to make a choice as a consumer to switch to a plan that provides sustainability as one of its cornerstone features. Rather than relying on politicians and business leaders to sort things out in their own time, you can take action and vote with your wallet.