Who "does" efficiency?

There's no such thing as the profession of energy efficiency—in fact, many professions participate in making the world more efficient.

  • Mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists, physicists, and chemists, for example, all can work to make the products and processes of modern civilization more efficient.
  • Economists analyze the costs and benefits of energy efficient technologies to determine which are least expensive and most beneficial, and identify opportunities where energy savings over the life of a product more than compensate for an increase in purchase price.
  • Analysts consider life cycle assessments, taking into account the entire cycle of materials needed, production process, usage, and disposal of products, and the impacts on energy and the environment.
  • The business and finance community fund product development and start-up companies to bring efficient technology to market. They can also make available capital to fund energy efficiency retrofits.
  • Lawyers protect the intellectual property behind these new technologies, and find ways to make them easier to license.
  • Designers consider controls and systems in order to increase efficiency beyond that available from individual technologies.
  • Energy auditors analyze how our built environment uses energy, and recommend more efficient technologies and practices.
  • Anyone who operates and maintains the technology we use—our buildings, transportation, and industrial equipment—can include practices in their toolkits to keep that equipment running energy-efficiently, and to choose efficiency when replacing equipment.
  • Policymakers can develop policies to encourage the adoption of efficient technologies in the marketplace.
  • Children can learn about energy efficiency and encourage their parents to do the same.
  • You, as a community member, citizen, and consumer, can adopt and use these technologies through the choices you make.

In other words, everyone can do efficiency.

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