Energy Efficiency World Day has taken place this week, and in VIPEQ® we would like to take the opportunity of highlighting the importance of sustainable use of our energy resources, and how we act accordingly.

The first time this celebration came into place was in 1998, due to the First International Energy Efficiency Conference, which took place in Austria, where more than 350 experts and leaders from 50 countries gathered to take the necessary measures so as to face the possibility of a depletion of fossil energy sources in the short term.

Energy efficiency is considered as one of the key policies against climate change and in favor of achieving more sustainable societies, along with the development of renewable energies and a less aggressive transport policy. Today, energy efficiency is aimed to improve or maintain our quality of life by using less resources. How? Improving processes, using more innovative and less polluting products and, ultimately, consuming energy more thoughtfully.

However, this does not mean renouncing to quality of life, but striving to obtain energy, goods and services using less resources.

The Ministry of Environment reports that by small changes in habits and attitudes, environmental protection can be guaranteed and energy consumption reduced. Putting them into practice is crucial: turning off lights when classrooms, offices and bathrooms are empty, taking advantage of natural light in the office and home, avoiding the unnecessary use of ornamental light in exteriors and gardens, installing motion sensors in communal areas, so that lights remain off when people are not passing through, and replacing incandescent lights with fluorescent lamps or energy-saving light bulbs.

However, the potential for improvement is still enormous. One of the main obstacles that we keep facing is the lack of awareness among consumers and public administration, which in many cases do not perceive energy efficiency neither as a top priority nor as a savings opportunity.