Energy efficiency is an issue that is increasingly on the agenda in various discussions and studies on technological advances, but how does it work and what are the ways to save? In addition to explaining in detail what energy efficiency is and how to apply it, the purpose of this article is to help you understand how the distribution of consumption by sectors can affect the price. Come on, guys!
How much to pay for electricity?
Several people think the price of the electricity bill is absurd, but have you tried living without it for at least one day? Well folks, it is visible how we are dependent on energy and it is believed that this dependence is increasing with the evolution and emergence of new technologies.
You will hardly find anyone who prefers to go back to the old days and stop using the comfort that appliances and electronics have provided. But is there a middle ground in this story? Is there any way to enjoy these benefits without your pocket being impacted so much? Following this article we will present the main aspects discussed at INEE, which is the National Institute of Energy Efficiency.
Energy efficiency: How does it work?
Energy efficiency is nothing more than the way we perform some task or activity using the least amount of energy possible. And when we talk about less energy, we are not talking about decreasing quality, in fact it is just the opposite. To exemplify this, observe the savings when we buy an LED lamp, the reduction in consumption when compared to an incandescent lamp of the same lighting level can reach up to 80%.
Energy efficiency: How to avoid waste?
To avoid waste, some behavioral changes are essential! In a study carried out on energy efficiency, the result showed that Brazil is in 15th place among the 16 countries analyzed, with Germany being in first place. This result is more than expected since Germany is the country that invests in quality educational policy, in the good use of resources and recycling and many other aspects that involve energy efficiency. Looking at it this way, it is easy to understand Brazil’s terrible position in the result presented, but what can residential consumers do to reduce waste?
Is energy efficiency and energy conservation the same thing?
If efficiency is doing the job with the least amount of energy possible, when we turn off the light, close the refrigerator or take a cold shower, we are not being efficient, in fact, we are saving electricity. As much as the end result is actually seen in reducing the bill, this confusion between concepts needs to be cleared up so that people can understand where they need to improve. So, we can say that it was quite clear that a lamp that is turned off is not more efficient than one that is lit right?
Energy Efficiency: Do we produce enough energy?
Studies show that about 10% of the energy generated in Brazil is wasted annually. In most cases, it is not the user’s fault, but the devices used. Although the user is apparently exempt from this waste, they still have a fair share of the blame, but how so? Have you ever thought about the efficiency of the appliance you are going to buy? Did you ever mind paying a little more for that electronic that has a PROCELL seal, ensuring that this equipment consumes less energy? Yes, they are small details that make a big difference, and unfortunately, very few people give due importance to these aspects.
Energy efficiency: What is the impact?
According to the Brazilian Energy Information Center’s report on energy efficiency, the use of more efficient equipment and correctly sized electrical installations would generate savings of approximately 9% in electricity consumption.
Currently, companies can receive a green seal, it attests that the company is concerned with the environment and develops actions for this, which makes it much better regarded in the market. In addition, some banks offer special credit lines to companies certified with this green seal. Thus, for these companies, in addition to the economy itself, they gain a competitive advantage and an excellent marketing tool.
There are people who claim that even if they buy these devices with energy efficiency labels, they still spend a lot on electricity. It is important to note several aspects that also influence the price of the energy bill. The first point is that as energy production has increased, we are paying more and more.
There are already several ways to reduce energy costs at home or at your company! Using more efficient lighting like LED lamps and using a shower with solar panels are just two of these alternatives. Therefore, it is up to the user to research all available tools and which ones can be used in their property.
Energy efficiency: Changing consumption, not production
It is important to stress that the Germans do not spend less energy than the Brazilians, the big difference is that public policies encourage industries to produce energy and, mainly, that they spend as little as possible, that is, the opposite of what happens here in Brazil. .
According to the Energy Research Company, undoubtedly most of the national electricity consumption is made by industries! So it is essential to think of ways to correct consumption and not production, but there is another problem! Unfortunately, the energy policy in Brazil basically emphasizes the production of renewable energy, but there are no mandatory laws and standards for electrical installations in buildings and homes, so the requirements related to energy efficiency only apply to a few electronic types of equipment and all this needs to be urgently rethought!