Efficient: (i'-fish'ent) adj. 1. Acting directly to produce an effect. 2a. Acting or producing effectively with a minimum of waste, expense, or unnecessary effort. 2b: Exhibiting a high ratio of output to input.
- from The American Heritage Dictionary
Since the very first machines were designed thousands of years ago, inventors have sought to develop the most efficient
ways of using energy as a tool for greater production. How to get better results with the same input. That challenge continues to this day. However, with ample supplies of inexpensive energy, America has lost sight of efficiency as a cornerstone of our energy use, generation and distribution.
Saving energy means we can generate less to meet the same needs, calling for reduced infrastructure and investment. CRES believes long-term economic and environmental sustainability starts with energy efficiency in building systems, transportation, and commercial / industrial manufacturing processes.
Specific goals of our CRES Action Plan,
Now, call for increasing the contribution of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Colorado by 2010 by saving 20% of our generation needs through energy efficiency, and producing 10% of our power through renewable energy sources.
Links to Energy Efficiency websites
Boulder Energy Conservation Center
Energy Rated Homes of Colorado,
Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
Energy Star - Energy Efficient Appliances and Equipment Information
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network
Export Council for Energy Efficiency
Export Council for Energy Efficiency's website contains energy efficient export opportunities and links to the global energy efficiency community.
Northeast Energy Efficiency Council
The Northeast Energy Efficiency Council is a business association of the energy efficiency industry. Members include energy service companies, engineering firms, contractors, and utilities.