🌱 Today, we're going to tackle a topic with a major issue: energy sobriety

Energy efficiency

First of all, we must distinguish betweenenergy efficiency from energy sobriety.

Energy efficiency is about the improvements that can be made to optimize to optimize energy consumption (e.g. choosing LED light bulbs). Energy sobriety is the change of one's behavior on a daily basis to reduce one's carbon footprint (e.g. going to get one's bread on foot instead of taking the car for 2km).

We have all had a mother who would shout "this is not Versailles" when we left a room light on. That phrase makes sense today.

After two centuries of opulence on all levels, Nature is now calling us to strongly reduce our consumption and our needs. More than a fashion effect, energy sobriety is becoming a major issue for our environment. We can guarantee ourselves a more serene future by adopting a few changes in our behavior, individually and collectively.

Let's start by embellishing a somewhat sanctimonious term: sobriety. We could talk about Energetic Moderation.

Spend only what you really need.

The least polluting energy is the one we do not consume. By accepting to moderate our daily behavior, we can make a difference.

Energy sobrietyis not a return to the stone age. It is to consume energy more reasonably, more moderately.

Agrid offers managers of tertiary buildings to support them in their efforts to reduce energy consumption, but what can be done on a day-to-day basis?

Energy sobriety can be implemented in different wayspartly conceptualized by l'association NegaWatts :

  • dimensional sobriety : by favouring equipment adapted to the need, when choosing a purchase or investment (e.g.: prefer a small surface area, use a vehicle adapted to the load and the number of passengers) ;
  • cooperative sobriety Cooperative sobriety: by sharing the use of spaces, goods, etc. (e.g. carpooling, car sharing, roommates, lending of equipment between neighbors);
  • sobriety of use by reasonably managing the use of appliances and goods (e.g.: eco-driving, precautions to limit breakage and premature wear and tear of goods, heating regulation);
  • organizational sobriety by structuring activities differently in space and time (e.g. promotion of telecommuting, land use planning, provision of public transport);
  • material sobriety by reducing the consumption of material goods and products (e.g.: reducing the rate of equipment, limiting packaging). These same goods indirectly require energy to be designed, assembled, transported, etc. This is known as indirect energy, or grey energy.

Specifically, you can: 

  • Consume local and seasonal products
  • Lowering the heating by 1°C or increasing the air conditioning by 1°C (7% energy savings according to theADEME)
  • Prefer walking or carpooling
  • Choosing the right size vehicle or home (avoids over-consumption of energy)

All these small changes in our daily lives make a difference in terms of energy and the environment. 

By combining energy efficiency with energy sobriety, we believe that we can move towards a thoughtful and equitable evolution of our energy needs and a reasoned use of technology. 

Start your journey to energy efficiency by cutting down on energy waste with Agrid.