Behavior and design affect the amount of energy used by society. One way to manage energy resources is through conservation. Individuals and society can take action to conserve energy. These actions might come in the form of changes in behavior or changes to the design of technology and infrastructure.
Additionally, because the amount of energy used can be calculated and monitored, we can measure our conservation success.
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The best source of additional energy is conserved energy.
Use less energy—it usually costs less.
The Kill-a-Watt Competition
At the University of Central Florida, the Department of Sustainability & Energy holds an annual competition to reduce the energy used on campus. The offer incentives and pit dorms against each other in a friendly contest. They are saving tens-of-thousands of dollars!
U.S. Energy Information Administration Electricity Data Browser
This website is the best tool to find what type of electricity is available in various area, how electricity is used by different sectors of the U.S. population, proposed changes to the U.S. electricity grid and essentially every other type of information you could wish for relating to electricity in the United States.
It's All About Carbon—What Can We Do: NPR Climate Connections
NPR's Robert Krulwich and Odd Todd, in partnership with Wild Chronicles, present an animated cartoon series on carbon—the atom at the heart of global warming.
Episode 5: What we can do about climate change.
Powering Ohio Schools with Wind Energy
It took nearly seven years, but the blades are finally turning on a pair of wind turbines at the Archbold and Pettisville schools in northwestern Ohio, demonstrating how school districts can take control of their energy future and create educational opportunities for their kids at the same time.
Energy Issues—Efficiency: Switch Energy Project
Energy drives the modern world and underpins every other issue.
We choose our energy based on four attributes: affordable, available, reliable, and clean. But clean is complicated. All energies have environmental impacts, which need to be managed effectively and affordably.
Even so, the biggest challenge of energy is scale—the enormous amount of energy we demand. The only way to counter scale, is with efficiency.
Electricity Storage: Switch Energy Project
Storing electricity in huge quantities, in a giant battery or by some other method, is cost prohibitive today. Yet solving this challenge would forever change our energy world, by turning intermittent sources, like wind and solar, into on-demand sources; making electric cars more affordable and better performing; and reshaping electricity use across the system. We’ve been working on better storage technology for more than a century, but progress has been slow.