[63] Ten layers of energy conservation

The Pyramid of Conservation is a visualization of a home energy efficiency to-do list. It is designed to prioritize steps and develop an appropriate action plan.  

It starts with the basics – a home energy audit – followed by low cost items such as programmable thermostats and hot water settings, before moving up through lighting, air sealing, insulation, windows etc.

Interestingly, high-cost, slow-return investments such as solar panels and residential wind turbines are right at the top of the pyramid – very much the ‘cherry on the cake’.

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[18] Seven years of smart working

Can we be productive while roaming between co-working spaces, coffee shops, downscaled offices with hot desks and teleworking from home? Multiple shared office spaces at different locations could certainly reduce commuting times and energy consumption of employees.

Smart working hubs are a great example of how ‘Bricks, Bytes, and Behaviour Change’ collaborate towards more engaged, innovative and productive workers. Policy makers seem to have picked up on this trend: witness the synergies between – amongst others – the Energy Union and the Digital Single Market agenda.