The Power of Choice2012-09-13 01:05:00
As far as going green goes, it’s easy to brush off our own individual responsibilities because the task of saving the planet one ozone layer at a time can be daunting. Part of the problem lies in not understanding that in terms of clean energy, the smallest acts can make the biggest difference. That’s why this year’s National Clean Energy Summit theme “The Power of Choice” was incredibly important. From tiny tasks to large calls to action, “The Power of Choice” outlined the options we have and the ways we can contribute to the overall clean energy picture.
There are tangible ways to get involved in green energy and they are as simple as turning the lights off when leaving a room or using energy efficient light bulbs. On a larger scale, driving a next generation electric car or encouraging local businesses and companies to go greener can make noticeable differences in the clean energy market, not to mention have lasting impact on your community. By starting a petition or just having a conversation about the importance of saving energy, we increase information, we increase power and we increase control.
“The Power of Choice” also touched on different ways to become a proactive member of the electrical infrastructure by managing the electricity in our homes. It’s as easy as downloading an app like “Control 4 My house,” “House Control,” “E-Home Controls” or “CozyHome” and they allow you to manage your washer, dryer, refrigerator, air conditioner, lamps and lights in the palm of your hand. That way, you are the one controlling the energy in your home—not the other way around. Additionally, the White House proposed the “Green Button Initiative,” a way for consumers to receive their electricity bills in an easy to understand format that shows where energy is being used. The Green Button Initiative already has 31 million users and is easy to download at www.greenbuttondata.org.
Getting involved in clean energy is all about understanding the choices we have and how the smallest acts make the biggest difference. As Bob Lutz, former Vice Chairman at General Motors said at this year’s summit, “Every clean energy project you’re working on is a kind of project that influences people around you to change.”
Think about it: What small changes can you make in your home or community to help push the clean energy movement forward?