Winning the War for Energy Savings

June 12, 2012

I was very pleased to read a recent AP-NORC Center poll that said 8 out of 10 Americans called saving energy deeply important to them. I don’t know what the results might have been for the same poll done 25 years ago, but I’d guess that the recent numbers are better.

Could it be that the green movement is finally a staple rather than a passing fad? The signs sure seem to point in that direction. Geopolitical events today, more than ever, show America’s true place in the energy picture.

However, the fact remains that we are customers, and customers have little control over our suppliers. Let’s face it: Does anyone really think that an oil company would pass up profits for shareholders just to make American politicians happy? Not likely.

But we’re not helpless in our energy savings quest. There are many weapons we can use to win the war on energy waste. Everyday devices that use energy, such as light bulbs and refrigerators, have been improved to help you, the consumer, battle energy demons. Clearly we can only fight this war by choice. Talk is very easy, but it results in nothing if not followed by action. As I tell my kids, “Saying it ain’t doing it.”

Do the research, find the resources, and align yourself with people who share your passion for energy conservation. Then we’ll move the needle.