Let’s look at the two by using a story to show the difference between conservation and efficiency improvement.
A young boy was given the job of watering the family vegetable garden every day. His job was to put two full buckets of water on the garden so the vegetables would grow. The deal was once he finished his watering chore he could play until lunchtime.
He would walk 100 yards down to the river, fill the bucket, and walk back up hill to the garden. By the time he got to the garden, half the water leaked out of his bucket. To get two full buckets of water up to the garden he had to make four trips.
Conservation is eliminating the waste. By fixing the leak in the bucket, the boy was able to finish his chore by making only two trips from the river to the garden. That made a big boost in the boy’s playtime.
The boy’s grandfather gave him a second bucket and showed him how to carry two at a time by hanging the two full buckets from a yoke that fit over his shoulders. With two good buckets, he could complete his chore in one trip from the river up to the garden. That improved his efficiency.
The improved efficiency increased the amount of playtime for the boy even more. But, notice that improved efficiency took knowledge (grandfathers are the smartest folks I know) and an investment in equipment. The new equipment included a second bucket and the yoke to easily carry the two full buckets.
Reducing energy waste and increasing energy efficiency are both needed to be competitive in world markets. The difference is; each of us can take action to stop energy waste right now through conservation.
Conservation does not take major resources to fix whatever is wasting energy. Be a part of the effort to stop waste now. Shut off equipment when the job is done. Switch off the lights when you can. When you see energy waste, take action to get it fixed.
Investing in higher energy efficiency can and should be done but, expect it to take time. Pulling together the needed knowledge takes time. Pulling together money and other resources, to get the job done, takes more time.
Quick action through conservation gets quick results.
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