Totally agree with what is being said. I work in the energy efficiency sector and it surprises me why people ignore this low-hanging fruit.
To put it in perspective, in 2018 when people lowered their consumption by just ~1% on average, the US saved 20 TWh of energy and helped avoid at least 1.3 billion pounds of CO2 emissions. This is equivalent to the amount of energy the entire state of Hawaii would use in 2 years. And we are not even talking about the action of the entire US population here, only those who had been a part of the energy efficiency programs.
Imagine, if the entire US could participate, and instead of lowering their consumption by just 1%, they could reach 5%.
Consumerism is teaching us not to sacrifice comfort. But with energy efficiency, one need not even do that.
I've written more here - https://medium.com/climate-conscious/why-energy-efficiency-important-725f3e970df5
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