The ABC of Energy Management and Conservation

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Ancient wisdom has always purported that all life and matter on earth is made of energy - be it in the form of heat, light, water or air. With the global political and social attention slowly turning to serious environmental issues such as global warming and climate change, the importance of energy has gone to fantastic heights. Suddenly everyone wants to save energy; there are energy conservation campaigns, energy management firms and renewable energy practises that are being advocated in countries all over the world. But what can you do as an individual?

What is Energy Management?

Energy management is an aspect of saving energy in one's home or office by closely observing energy use patterns, minimising them by using smart ‘eco-friendly' technology, and ultimately saving energy. Not only does this reduce costs for an individual or his business, it also promotes a host of other things such as economical and environmental security, personal health and a sense of satisfaction that one is trying to help save the environment.

The first thing that pops up in one's head as soon as they hear of energy conservation or saving fuel these days is alternate or renewable sources of energy. According to the Oxford dictionary, this is energy which is created from sources or in ways which do not harm nature in anyway. Some people refer to this as non traditionalist ways. Solar, wind, hydro and energy from natural gases are some of examples of this.

A home energy audit is usually the first and foremost thing you need to do to begin your energy saving crusade. This is an analysis done by energy experts to assess and evaluate the energy consumption patterns of your home. This usually involves a walk-through of your house to detect for air leaks, faulty lighting, places where solar lighting could be used, insulation, electrical faults, maybe a leaky faucet, etc after which a suitable energy portfolio is created and various options available, analysed. The same thing can be applied to any other place or building as well.

There are several programs and organisations around the country which help citizens to easily make the transit to alternate energy. These programs also aid them with special subsidies and energy audits. The New Jersey Clean Energy Program is a program which offers financial incentives and rebates to New Jersey residents and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is another famous program who's key mission is to provide for the State's energy and economic welfare by helping consumers set up low energy guzzling systems in their homes, offices, and even public buildings such as schools and hospitals. If you don't happen to be living in these states, then contact the public administration of yours and you will definitely find at least one such program running. Sign up for it and kick start your low energy guzzling, high performance lifestyle!

In conclusion
Energy management is a long process and requires regular monitoring of your energy consumption habits. Only through constant changes in your lifestyle can you effectively reduce your carbon foot print, which is why hiring the services of a professional energy portfolio management team helps.

Author works with energy management experts has his company can help you increase energy savings.

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