Be energy efficient, make a difference!
On the one hand, energy efficiency is a new way of life that requires behavioural changes on the consumer’s part. On the other, the pressure is on the manufacturers of electrical equipment and devices to produce goods that consume as little energy as possible.
More appliances, less consumption
Consumers are more aware than ever of the necessity to be energy efficient. Since the beginning of the century, energy ratings have provided guidance to people, particularly when selecting new appliances or multimedia equipment.
The use of energy-saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and now LED lighting instead of incandescent bulbs has made a difference. Smart meters also help households monitor and make the best of their energy consumption, by for example choosing off-peak hours to do the laundry or the washing-up.
Major benefits for all
Improving the energy efficiency of household appliances and equipment saves money, reduces emissions and can also improve productivity. Many countries have developed, or are developing, strategies for energy savings and emissions reduction from appliances and are passing legislation to that effect.
In a recent IEC e-tech article, Claire Marchand shows how energy efficiency is households is enabled by IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment systems. Read more.