Energy 2030: Energy efficiency more important than ever

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“Now we are at the point where there is so much information, so much evidence, that we can no longer plead ignorance.” This statement issued by secretary general of the World Meteorological Organization Michel Jarraud draws attention to the importance of the report recently released to the world’s major political leaders by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In Washington, the report gave support to President Obama’s efforts to impose new limits on the country’s greenhouse emissions under the Clean Air Act and other relevant laws. Similar proactive measures by governments and businesses around the world to adapt to climate change as well as measures to promote greater energy efficiency to combat climate change balance the more daunting findings of the report, which indicate the serious repercussions of ignoring disruptions to the climate, including drastic decreases in food and water supplies globally.

In related news, the non-profit Alliance to Save Energy is going nation-wide with its Energy 2030 initiative to promote greater strides towards energy efficiency at national, state, and local levels. This morning, Mayor Heartwell of Grand Rapids, Michigan took the Energy 2030 pledge to great applause at the Energy 2030 on the Road: A State and Local Campaign. Said the mayor, “Our energy efficiency and conservation strategy drives our decisions in City Hall.”

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Energy efficiency is a movement that all Americans can participate in, and it doesn’t require great sacrifice on our parts. In fact, we stand to gain considerably by making our homes more energy efficient. Better insulated homes are more comfortable and more affordable, and homeowners who upgrade their insulation using spray foam insulation or cellulose insulation will see decreases in their utility bills. In addition, to being good for your wallet and your home, becoming more energy efficient is good for the planet, aiding in the reduction of CO2 emissions.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing information on the types of certification and training that you should enquire about when seeking to employ a contractor to make your home more energy efficient. Please take time to read these so that when you hire a team, you hire a team who will provide you with safe, reliable workmanship with the certification to back it up .


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