Energy Use Can Be Cut by Efficiency, Survey Says

Steve Lohr, NY Times

The growth rate of worldwide energy consumption could be cut by more than half over the next 15 years through more aggressive energy-efficiency efforts by households and industry, according to a study by the McKinsey Global Institute, which is scheduled to be released today.

The energy savings, the report said, can be achieved with current technology and would save money for consumers and companies. The McKinsey report offers a long list of suggested steps, including the adoption of compact fluorescent light bulbs, improved insulation on new buildings, reduced standby power requirements, an accelerated push for appliance-efficiency standards and the use of solar water heaters.



Anonymous said…
Profficiency of Efficiency is a must especially within the corporate chain world and who better to illustrate the point than one of the largest out there, Walmart. Recently Walmart announced that they would "over the following twelve months they were going to sell each of their customers one compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL), which adds up to 100 million by August 2007. And they want sales of CFLs to grow after that".
Now you probably say to yourself, thats all well and good I'm going to get some free light bulbs, what impact does this have on us?
"If every one of 110 million American households changed one lightbulb from incandescent to CFL, the United States could shut down- or not build- two coal-fired power plants". Next step is ethical treatment of workers, to find out more about the conservation efforts of Walmarts endeavour check out this!

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