Energy consumption is growing worldwide with no indication that it will slow down in the near future. An increase in the population all over the world and the increase of the availability of electricity to people are major contributors. Urbanisation and growing industrialisation also mean that more energy will be needed for construction, transportation and housing of people and goods.
A major part of this energy, including electricity, is obtained through the burning of fossil fuels. This causes the emission of huge quantities of Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere and has an impact on climate change and the greenhouse effect.
An International Agreement set objectives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One of the solutions is to increase the part that electricity plays in the energy mix.
Actions that could be taken should include:
The development of the use of Renewable Energies, such as Solar and Wind Energies; Unfortunately, the cost will be an issue and the fluctuating nature or solar and wind generating. A way to store these energies is needed.
Energy Efficiency; The Objective would be to provide the same levels of service, but through consuming less energy. This can be achieved by implementing Energy Efficient Electrical Equipment and smart controllers. This can save up to 30% of energy usage.
To Achieve that 30% less Energy Usage, you can implement measures to:
- Passive Energy; Efficiency can be achieved by measures to reduce heat loss, for instance, insulation of heat generating equipment, and using equipment that requires little energy.
- Active Energy; Putting in place an Infrastructure for measuring, monitoring and controlling energy use which can indicate where you can make lasting changes to control energy use.
In most countries, electrical installations must comply with set regulations issued by National Authorities. These Regulations are based on National Standards and are the fundamentals of most electrical installations and will also include standards for Energy Efficient Components.