It is no doubt that energy consumption has increased rapidly over the last few years. This is obviously due to a swift growth in the population world wide. Another major contributing factor is undoubtedly the use of more advanced technology like the smartphone and tablet. Since this is a digital age, where high tech gadgets are the order of the day, people simply have to look at more innovative ways to increase energy efficiency.
According to the www.nga.org, Govenors play a vital role in this process. They are becoming increasingly more involved in supporting initiatives to advance energy efficiency and ultimately help citizens and the Government lower their spend on energy consumption. By doing this, they not only reduce state energy consumption, but eliminate to invest in new power plants.
In an attempt to further reduce energy consumption and cut down on related costs, Govenors have worked closely with regulators and legislators. These people share a common goal and that is to advance energy efficiency in a variety of different ways. These are some of the ways they plan on improving energy efficiency:
-They plan on exploring best practices by conducting energy planning to analyze potential energy savings.
-Improving rules and standards regarding energy efficiency in the building and appliances sector
-Increasing energy efficiency in business’s, industries and homes by providing incentives for spending by utilities.
-Encouraging private sector investment in a number of ways like giving support to innovative financing and repayment mechanisms.
-They also plan on using information technology to motivate both business’s and consumers alike to make use of energy saving methods and solutions.
-They have also developed partnerships with universities and private sectors to prepare and motivate the emerging generation to continue with the energy saving initiative well into the future.
Saving and preserving the environment for generations to come is the ultimate goal involved in this initiative. Reports do show that the United States has significantly reduced their energy consumption between the years 1985 to 2004. If states can apply the same policies and citizens could cooperate by applying the same principles and practices used between these years, then energy efficiency could continue to improve.
There are a few challenges that stand in the way of ultimate victory, however these issues are being addressed and will hopefully become obsolete in the near future making advanced energy efficiency a common practice. Govenors play the biggest role in this process simply because they have a wide variety of tools at their disposal to help consumers lower their energy costs. Improving energy efficiency rules and standards is another one of their top priorities.