Energy Trends: Being Trendy Is A Good Thing

Usually “trendy” and “fad” are not words that sustainable activists like to use, but I believe there’s more to that idea. These terms bring knowledge to an otherwise newly established concept in a way that pushes others to participate with building and energy trends. While the idea that building and energy trends are fleeting is troubling, the fact remains that because it’s socially accepted, it grows and reaches more people than it would have before. I think the best example of this is the use of energy.

Saving Energy Campaigns

In recent years, there have been many “Turn off Your Lights” campaigns which promote saving energy. About 10% of the power homes use is from lighting and often that comes from the “combustion of fossil fuels, [which] contributes toward unhealthy air quality, acid rain, and global climate changes”.

Currently, energy efficiency is a very trendy topic and honestly, it’s not a bad thing. The amount of energy saved even in the short term would be beneficial going forward in sustainable construction. Even better is when the trend becomes so assimilated with society that it’s perceived as “normal” to actively engage in it. Green energy is one of those trends that seems to have begun to integrate into everyday life and that’s the reason I believe it a great thing to be trendy.

Clean Energy Trends Forecast. Image via Clean Edge Inc.

Clean Energy Trends Forecast. Image via Clean Edge Inc.

Energy Trends

If you’re ready to jump on the bandwagon, so to speak, I suggest:

  1. Figuring out where your energy is or will be coming from.
  2. Find out if your power company offers a clean alternative.
  3. Do an energy assessment of your building. This will allow you to calculate where your energy is being wasted and how it’s being used.
  4. Consider green energy solutions such as:
    • Wind Turbine
    • Hydropower Systems
    • Solar Panels
    • Automatic Lighting

Green roofs and living walls are great ways to cut down our energy use. They act as insulation for buildings while adding to the visual appeal of your structure.

Natural energy, now there's a bright idea. Image via Telegraph.co.uk.

Natural energy. Image via Telegraph.co.uk.

Building and Energy Trends Here to Stay

These are just a few ideas you could use as part of this more energy efficient building cause. This energy trend has been hanging around for quite some time but seems to not be losing any steam going forward. I’m happy to see as a culture that we’ve pretty much merged this concept with our lifestyles thus far. So by all means join the “trend” and save energy.

You can’t improve on what you can’t measure. For more information on how to measure your energy consumption in your home take a look at Home Energy Metering.

Feature Image: Alternative energy from solar and wind power. Image via AEGEE.

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is a undergrad student who has been studying architecture for over four years, first at Pratt Institute and now at UCF. Sustainability is important to her as a designer because architects greatly influence the environment through building and construction. It's vital for her to understand what the current issues are and how we can go about improving them. Her motto is "We can't create innovation without knowing what has already been done".