Why energy efficiency?
Energy efficiency investments not only saves money in the long run through reduced electricity or other energy bills. There is a whole range of positive effects associate with energy efficiency investments popularly referred to as “multiple benefits”. To the left is a summary of the most important benefits, compiled by the International Energy Agency, IEA.
For companies and housing associations, some of the most important benefits include increased property value, reduced dependence on energy prices as price fluctuations have a smaller impact and increased energy safety and security of supply, as many electricity grids are reaching maximum capacity.
Better indoor environment through improved lighting and air quality is another benefit, creating healthier (and nicer) living and working conditions. For employers, improved health and happier employees can boost employee productivity and save the firm from future spending on sick leave and productivity losses.
Last but not least, energy efficiency has been named the “first fuel” of the energy transition towards a carbon neutral society. The only thing better than clean energy is not producing it in the first place.