universe is constant transformation and all the flows and balances of
energy are continually changing. Energy efficiency involves the
wise use of resources so we remain in harmony with and conserve the
flows and balances that sustain humanity.
beings are integral to the universal flux of change and the efficiency
of our every action alters with every moment. What can be considered a
wise use of resources in one moment can be considered unwise in the next
as our general environment alters, new technology evolves and our
awareness of the impact of our activities changes.
Example: burning plant/whale
"oil" < incandescent light bulb < compact
fluorescent lamp < Light emitting diodes? Bioluminesence?
is a state of being in which we are mindful of our actions and their
potential impacts on all. It is the experience of the state of science
born of compassion. It involves conserving the potential of our symbols
so they most fully work in acceptance of stewardship/change. In this
state of being we are more able to reflect more truly the nature of
energy and enjoy harmony with all.
is being mindful that our use of a resource tends to degrade its
usefulness and we need work constantly to conserve the resource.
is not about using more or less energy. It
is possible to increase the amount of energy we use and become more
energy efficient in the process. For instance:
can design our dwellings so as to optimize their solar and insulation
potential. We can thus increase the ambient temperature using
sustainable resources while reducing our demand for Bulk-generated
electricity and fuels. We effectively use more energy while remaining in
greater harmony with the balances and flows that sustain us.
we might increase the food available without negatively impacting on
balances by employing the unused potential of our backyards.
the energy efficiency symbol is used in denial of
stewardship/change it works to promote the politics of deprivation,
waste and fear.
instance the merchant bankers who control the self-styled “energy
corporations” generate such misery. Typical are of the Bulk-generated
electricity and fossil fuel sectors.
First they define their products as energy and promote addictive
use of them i.e. encourage people to use them as though they are as
vital and bounteous as energy. When demand for the product exceeds
supply and their short-term profits are at risk, they and their media
typically declare an “energy crisis” and call for their customers to
deprive themselves by saving energy in an energy efficiency programme.
Thus customers carry the costs of the supply shortfall, the addictive
use of their products is sustained and the energy efficiency
symbol is associated with misery and deprivation rather than opportunity
stewardship/change is endemic in our Anglo-American culture, as manifest
in the following common uses of the symbol
= conserving energy.
Energy, by its very nature, is constantly conserved and thus cannot be
conserved. To suggest humans can conserve energy is to deny the fact
that energy cannot be created or destroyed and continually transforms.
The reality is humans can only work to conserve resources.
Energy efficiency = saving energy.
Energy, by its very nature, is constantly saved and thus cannot be
saved. To suggest humans can save energy is to deny the fact that energy
cannot be created or destroyed and continually transforms. The reality
is humans can only work to conserve resources.
= using less energy without reducing the end-use benefits.
This denies the Conservation Principle and its implicit message that
that energy is so bounteous it can be considered a constant. Energy
efficiency is not about using more or less energy but rather about
using it in the most compassionate way.
Energy efficiency is about reflecting and being in harmony with reality
i.e. the constant transformation, which is our universe(s). Conserve the
symbol thus and our children will inherit more options with a vision of
far greater resources.
the rewards of being a conservator of the potential of our greatest
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