The road to carbon neutrality may be paved by electrification of the economy and cleaner fuels but it is lit by energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is a cheaper, cleaner fuel. It protects the environment and generates wealth. A win-win.
Our lifestyles demand ever-greater consumption of energy. Governments are under immense pressure to restart their economies with massive infrastructure development programs. Climate change is already upon us. And developed nations are bullying developing ones to curtail their growing carbon footprint. Energy efficiency is a way out of this.
The Old and the Obsolete
The old school fossil fuel plants are increasingly being replaced by solar and wind. But large-scale projects require huge infrastructure, complex land acquisitions, all of which are expensive. Prohibitively expensive.
Saving energy and living more sustainably gained some steam. But it hasn’t been enough. That’s because it require changes in habits. And habits are hard to change. People and nations can’t make the change to being frugal with their energy consumptions. Which increases the pressure on the natural resources of the planet.
Energy Efficiency : The Hidden Resource
Energy efficiency can be a better way forward. Energy efficiency doesn’t demand changes in behaviour. It delivers a superior experience while making commercial sense.
Energy efficient homes are more comfortable; appliances and motors are smarter, less noisy and more controllable. Efficient commercial establishments are safer and more productive. All of this while using lesser electricity.
Governments (rather than investing in power plants) must adopt energy efficient practices and products. This would lower their dependence on fuel imports and give them greater leverage in the global energy markets. It would also give them better ways to deal with energy security and manage their supply chain disruptions. A classic example is the US, which softened the impact of the oil supply shock of 1979 by adopting more energy efficient cars.
If nations adopt energy efficient practices, it will have greater resources and more options. This helps improve not only the energy security but increases the productivity and hence leads to greater prosperity.
It is imperative that our policy makers and private enterprises promote energy efficiency. Private enterprises can explore redesign of our machines and appliances. Policy makers can help by introducing efficiency standards and star labelling programs for appliances and equipment. This is the key to a sustainable future. Energy efficient motors, IOT enabled smart technologies are the way to achieve energy efficiency.
AlphaSine Technologies with its energy efficient IOT enabled smart BLDC motors for electric vehicles, fans and other appliances is leading the way to such a future.