The article included information from Warren Adams-Leavitt (Executive Director of the Metropolitan Energy Center), Tom Jacobs (Director of Environmental Programs for Mid-America Regional Council), and Kristin Riott (Executive Director of Bridging the Gap). Three of the Kansas City’s best energy and environment advocates. While the article only touched briefly on energy – LED is an easy choice to make – the conclusion of the article applies perfectly to energy efficiency.
Tom Jacobs – “Everybody says what does it matter if I recycle another piece of paper, or leave the lights turned on, or if I turn the sprinkler on if it’s raining?
“And it turns out if everybody’s choices reflected just a little bit more concern for the environment, that would really add up. It does matter in a very substantial way.”
The University of California at Berkeley has a great visual example of exactly how your choice of turning off the lights can add up in a substantial way. Check out their Energy Dashboard https://us.pulseenergy.com/UniCalBerkeley/dashboard/#/overview.
What local stories can you share about the cumulative impact of small energy efficiency changes?