Celebrated every December 14, the goal of World Energy Conservation Day is to help society reduce the amount of power it consumes. In layman’s terms, this means embracing strategies like:
- Conservation – e.g. remembering to turn off the lights when you’re not using them.
- Efficiency – e.g. swapping out incandescent lightbulbs with LED or CFL alternatives.
And at Enphase Energy, we recognize that both of these strategies are crucial in the fight against climate change. However, the impact of energy conservation and efficiency will remain limited if we continue powering our cities with traditional forms of energy like oil, gas, and coal. This article explores why that is – and what steps you can take to help World Energy Conservation Day reach its full potential.
Why Energy Conservation and Efficiency Will Not Save Us
Less overall power consumption is necessary for long-term sustainability. But energy conservation can only take us so far since, with each passing year:
- There are more power-hungry appliances per user – especially as emerging markets continue to embrace “modernized” lifestyles.
- There are more users around the world as the global population continues to increase over time.
In other words, the inevitable trend is towards more consumption – not less. And this will only accelerate in the coming years. Energy efficiency also has limitations as well. That’s because the more efficient a system becomes, the faster we end up consuming the very resource we’re trying to protect. Known as Jevons Paradox , you can see this trend with fuel economy. By buying a more fuel-efficient car, for example, you can afford to take leisurely Sunday drives that were once prohibitively expensive.
You may be saving money, but you’re also burning more gas. So does this mean you shouldn’t try to conserve power or make your home more energy efficient?
Of course not. But overcoming the above limitations requires adding a 3rd component to World Energy Conservation Day – namely renewable power.
The Promise of Clean Renewable Energy
When World Energy Conservation Day first launched almost 30 years ago, the range of renewable energy options was quite small. Thanks to recent technological advancements, however, there now exist many competing sustainable power sources – all of which are worth exploring. But solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, in particular, continues to show the most promise because:
- It generates free electricity from the sun – a limitless power source that showers us with more energy than we could ever possibly use.
- It’s a 100% scalable and distributed technology within easy financial reach of a growing number of households around the globe.
Like all renewable power sources, solar does have limitations. But it’s possible to overcome these hurdles when installing PV systems with the right components. As a solar customer, for example, you can:
- Mitigate fire safety risks when equipping your PV system with Enphase inverter technology.
- Resolve intermittent and nighttime energy production issues with the help of on-site battery storage.
- Use solar monitoring technologies like Enlighten to track and optimize PV system performance in real-time.
- Afford high-quality PV components thanks to low-cost financing options like solar loans, leases, and power purchase agreements.
Going solar the right way not only saves you money, but it also helps to reduce your carbon footprint. And this is the ultimate goal of World Energy Conservation Day. Making your home more energy-efficient and remembering to turn off appliances only amplifies the financial and environmental savings that solar power already delivers.
How Will You Celebrate World Energy Conservation Day?
From wind to biofuel to geothermal, all renewable power sources will play a role in the energy mix of tomorrow. This is especially true when paired with commonsense strategies built around energy conservation and efficiency. When deployed correctly, however, solar offers the best path forward since it can easily scale to meet global demand for truly clean and affordable forms of power. To learn more about our approach to sustainable energy solutions, schedule a free consultation with our solar power experts today.
And from all of us at Enphase, have a great World Energy Conservation Day.