What Is Energy Efficiency?

Energy efficiency encompasses all aspects of energy conservation from power generation facilities to the transmission and distribution process to the end user. EEBC focuses on the end-user of energy efficiency, called demand side management (DSM). DSM is the act of reducing consumption of electricity and gas through building improvements, mechanical and electric system upgrades, consumption and behavior education, as well as smart billing methods. Including demand response and smart grid solutions.Energy efficiency means smarter use of energy.

Emerging technologies including building automation, electric vehicle charging, and customer engagement encourage or facilitate the adoption of energy efficiency solutions.

EXAMPLES OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Energy efficiency is about using better technology and best practices to reduce energy usage to accomplish the same tasks, while continuing to keep homes and businesses comfortable. Examples of energy efficient products;

  • An LED light bulb uses at least 75% less energy and can last up to 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.
  • An energy-efficient washing machine washes the same amount of laundry using 35% less water and 20% less energy than standard washers.
  • A well-sealed and insulated house leaks less heat in the winter, and less chilled air in the summer, and therefore requires less energy to stay comfortable.
  • A factory with a smart energy-efficiency plan can reduce energy waste through simple practices like shutting down their ventilation system during non-production hours.
The Energy Efficiency Business Coalition (EEBC) advocates tirelessly for the energy efficiency industry in Colorado. Read more about EEBC's work on the Advocacy page.

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