This is why you should care about energy efficiency: a lot of us look at our utility bills every month with a sense of trepidation (or I do, anyway), but the price we pay for having all the resources we want piped right through our walls is, well, literally the price we pay. There’s also the small matter of the dwindling finite resources that will run out one day and trigger the zombie apocalypse. Okay, maybe not the zombie apocalypse, but the dominant social structures could very well implode.
That having been said, an excellent way to stave off social implosion is to use less. Less of everything. The majority of energy usage occurs in residential homes, which means that even little things like LED light bulbs can make a big difference if enough people are on board.
Here’s a neat little infographic summarizing national levels of energy efficiency and CO2 emissions, along with a list of ways to make your home more energy efficient (click on the image or on the link above to see a larger version):
Charis Michelsen spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissin, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.