How your Efficiency Drive can Promote a more Sustainable Lifestyle

Steve Bailey
5 min readJan 22, 2023

Efficiency and Sustainability Hand in Hand: How to Live a Greener Life by Being More Efficient

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What are the first thoughts that come to your mind when you hear the word ‘efficiency’, do more with less? Innovation breakthroughs? Job losses? How about living a greener life…

When the UK coalition government came to power in 2010, they enacted a series of austerity measures on the nation to help reduce the significant government borrowing that ensued after the financial crisis of 2007–2009. One of the austerity measures to reduce costs was to reduce street lighting, by either keeping more lights off, dimming the active lights, and replacing lights with more efficient LED bulbs.

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The street lighting reduction program resulted in a drop in carbon emissions, as well as saving millions of pounds for local authorities, according to a Telegraph article. Although the cost savings were the primary factor in the efforts taken by local authorities to reduce light usage. A significant upside to the efforts was the environmental factor, the energy not used thanks to the efficiency drive. When it comes to efficiency programs that are attached to energy usage, reduction in emissions should follow.

What is the best Method to Reduce Emissions?

The number one way to reduce your emissions is not to incur them in the first place, however, how many people will want to revert to life where working the land was the primary occupation and traveling highlights were a trip to the next village. This way of living in today’s modern world will have very little support and thus moves our focus on emission reduction elsewhere. One such focus for humanity can be on starting to question the frequency of indulgent activities and consumption. By applying some moderation to the activities/purchases that incur significant CO₂ discharges, therefore reducing their emissions.

After making decisions on reducing emissions, whether that’s to the extreme of cutting out all emission activities possible or making choices about where you cut down emissions, i.e. taking…