Top 3 reasons energy efficiency is important

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 07:34

The buzz theme for multiple industries is energy efficiency. Commercial and residential property construction, appliance developers and industrial operators are all implementing new rules and technologies to improve energy efficiency. But, what does the average homeowner need to knew about investing in more sustainable systems? What's the reasoning behind sometimes expensive upgrades all in the name of going green? 
Here are the top three reasons for going green and investing in energy-efficient technologies:
1) Save money. While investing in energy-efficient technologies comes with an initial investment cost, often the price of the solution is easily recouped. According to the Alliance to Save Energy, the average U.S. household spends about $5,500 a year on energy. This means that by investing in more efficient solutions like ENERGY STAR-rated appliances, light emitting diode bulbs and radiant floor heating, a homeowner can save a significant sum of money. Buying the right utility options and materials allows a homeowner to reduce monthly expenses and that results in a lifetime of savings that can be distributed toward other things like vacations or retirement funds. 
2) Improve comfort. Technologies like energy-efficient appliances are great because they save a homeowner money and often come with the latest gadgets and features, which might improve overall performance. However, the real investment in energy-saving systems comes from installing solutions like radiant floor heating. This eco-friendly utility option not only saves an individual money every single month once it is installed, but it also provides consistent delivery of heat, which boosts comfort felt in a space. Instead of sporadic production, the warmth gently radiates through the floor in every corner of the room to ensure there are no cooler or hotter spots. 
3) Improve the environment. Traditional solutions often burn more fossil fuels than more efficient technologies. As a result, if a homeowner wishes to reduce the carbon footprint associated with his or her house it's best to invest in energy-efficient solutions that either don't work on fossil fuels or use less to provide the same or better results. By investing in current energy-efficient solutions a homeowner is able to reduce the demand on previous and finite resources. This allows non-renewable fossil fuels to last longer, which provides more time for researchers and developers to come up with even more effective energy resources.