It might not be something you give a lot of thought to, but it does actually matter how or when you use energy, whether as an individual or as a company. Energy efficiency is an important tool to reduce CO2 emissions and save money. And intelligent software can enable customers to utilise the green power when it is plentiful.
Less is more
Smart energy begins with energy efficiency. Energy-efficient initiatives have been around for longer than renewable energy, but they are still as relevant as ever. It is really a matter of common sense. When you save energy, you save CO2. In fact, energy efficiency and renewable energy have the same potential when it comes to reducing global CO2 emissions.
When you save energy, you also save money. Improved energy efficiency enables businesses to reduce costs and become more competitive. And households, saving money on the energy bill, can choose to spend their money on other things.
Smarter use of green energy
Smart energy is also about using energy at the right time. As our production of wind and solar power is steadily increasing, we have to find ways to use energy effectively when it is plentiful.
One way is to electrify more of the things we use in our everyday lives – for instance cars that run on electricity instead of petrol. Another way is to use more energy at times when green power is abundant and power prices are lower. It saves you money and helps move the green transformation forward. A third way is to install batteries in the grid to store renewable energy. Rethinking energy in these ways enables us all to use energy more intelligently, which can help build the sustainable cities and communities of the future.