As a way to promote energy awareness, the Department of Environment’s Sustainable Development Unit is helping homes and businesses figure out easy ways to cut their energy use.
The new Energy Saving Checklist has been developed specifically for the Cayman Islands, offering a range of simple and easy energy-saving actions.
‘This year’s campaign aims to show that no matter how large the problem may appear, we are all part of the solution,’ said DoE Sustainable Development Officer Sophie Halford.
The aim of the checklist is to highlight a range of actions that can be implemented in the home, the office and in the car to save electricity and gas.
‘There are many simple actions that can be carried out for no cost to reduce energy consumption, and we wanted to show what is possible in the Cayman Islands,’ said Ms Halford.
‘There are also actions that can be undertaken for low cost, such as installing energy efficient lights, and – as a longer term investment – such as installing equipment that uses solar energy for water heating and electricity. All these options are available and feasible in the Cayman Islands.’
Ms Halford noted the focus didn’t need to be just on renewable energy, but also the everyday actions that can reduce energy demand and save money like replacing an inefficient light bulb with an efficient one; turning off lights and appliances when they are not in use; turning the A/C temperature up a degree; and making sure nothing is left on standby.
‘We recommend people take a look at the checklist to get some ideas about what they can do to save energy. People may be following many of the suggestions already, and in this case we hope the checklist will provide a few new ideas to go that extra bit further,’ said Ms Halford.
‘Saving energy is not only important for reducing the carbon emissions from generating electricity and fuelling our cars that contribute to climate change, but it will also save people money on their energy bills and ensure we use the energy resources available to us more efficiently, which will ultimately make our supply of energy more secure.’
The checklist can be downloaded from www.doe.ky/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/ci-energy-saving-checklist.pdf.