Energy efficiency includes all possible methods, techniques and principles that could lead to more efficient energy use and help decrease global energy demand.
One of the best ways to be a sustainability steward is to use as little energy as you can to live, work, and play. In other words, don’t use more energy than you absolutely need and make good decisions about how to use energy in your home or business. By saving energy, you help conserve the world’s energy resources, use less fossil fuels, and make a better environment for everyone. At home we are reminded to turn off the lights and electronics when we leave a room. Use efficient light bulbs. Unplug things we aren’t using. Close doors and windows so we don’t let heat or cold air escape. The businesses in the EcoDistrict use many of these same rules to make sure they don’t use any energy they don’t need. It helps save them money and makes them great environmental partners.
At the Saint Paul RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center campus, they have made energy efficiency adjustments to make themselves 25% more efficient than other venues like them across the nation.
These adjustments include solar installations, high speed roll up doors, heating and cooling software management systems, upgraded lighting to more efficient models, the use of windsource to power events, self-tinting windows, and extensive staff training to adjust the use of electricity during non-event hours.
Where can I find energy efficiency?
Energy efficiency is an important part of sustainability, but isn’t something we can always see. Within every EcoDistrict facility, visitors can see that lighting has been upgraded to save energy and money! Behind the scenes, building managers help keep the buildings running efficiently by reducing how much electricity, heating, and cooling they use.