Overview on Saving Energy
If you are thinking about investing in an alternative energy
generation for your home or business, we at Energy Bible highly
recommend that you first consider whether you could get even more
value out of that same dollar by investing in energy conservation in your home. According to the
US Department of Energy, for every dollar you spend on energy
conservation you will usually get back more than $5 in savings. As
a general rule investments in energy reduction and energy efficiency
have a greater payoff than even the most efficient alternative energy
approach whether that be solar energy, wind energy, water energy or
bio energy. Therefore we think the best strategy is to combine energy conservation with renewable alternative
energy to drive maximum savings.
Conservation is both a matter of using less and using
efficiently. However if the thing we are using is not also
effective, then it simply won't be a viable solution in the
long run. For example, a washing machine that uses less energy
is a good thing, but only if in the end it washes clothes as
effectively as the less efficient model. That's why the
U.S. Energy Star program which evaluates and certifies energy
efficiency in appliances only gives Energy Stars to those appliances
that are both efficient and as effective as other appliances on the
market. You can find out more about the Energy Star program in
our Energy Star section.
The Web has been the source of many popular home grown movements
and one of our favorites has been that which has grown out of the
popular column by Marla Cilley (aka The FlyLady) which shows people
how they can live more satisfied lives by de-cluttering their
environment. We think the Fly Lady's success reflects a growing
movement towards an easier, less consumptive lifestyle. She has
shown that less is more, which is what conservation is all about.
Look also at our special section Living With Less, for more (or
is that less) on this topic.
In this section you can find out specific details on ways you can
cut your energy costs. If you wish to do an in depth study of this
topic we recommend you look at the
Resources section where you can find listings of books, magazines
and article about reducing your energy footprint. Also, you might want to
consider joining one of the many organizations who support energy
conservation. You can find out about them by
looking in our Organizations section.