National Energy Conservation Day

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What's brighter than a 100-watt bulb and cooler than an energy-efficient refrigerator? National Energy Conservation Day, that's what! Observed keenly by keen conservationists (and anyone who fancies a smaller utility bill), this day comes with a charge- to use energy wisely and save the planet, one switch-off at a time.

When is Energy Conservation Day?

It's national energy conservation day on the 14th December.

The Spark that Lit the Bulb

The thrust behind National Energy Conservation Day is to raise awareness about the importance of conserving energy for a sustainable future. It catapulted into popularity on December 14, 2016, lighting up the internet with a staggering 5185 mentions. The day encourages us to think about how we consume energy and offers tips and ideas to help reduce our usage. It seems to resonate with everyone, from the eco-warrior mom next door, to the fitness fanatic running on a human-powered treadmill.

Turning Down the Watts

Each year on National Energy Conservation Day, businesses, schools, and individuals all over the nation take pledge to become more aware of their energy consumption and make changes that help save energy. Activities include educating employees on energy-saving policies, installing energy efficient appliances, and implementing 'save-the-world' tactics like light-bulb switching races!

Energy Champions

While this day is filled with fun, there’s also serious recognition for those leading the way in energy conservation. Awards are handed out to companies and individuals who have made significant contributions to conserving energy. So, who knows, your efforts to save on the watts could end up getting you the 'Energy Saver of the Year' title, how's that for a fun Tuesday?!

History behind the term 'Energy Conservation'


Discovery of Conservation of Energy

In 1779, French mathematician and physicist Pierre Laplace first proposed the idea of energy conservation. He stated that energy could neither be created nor destroyed, but only changed from one form to another. This laid the foundation for the concept of energy conservation.


Emergence of the Industrial Revolution

With the advent of the Industrial Revolution in the mid-19th century, energy consumption increased significantly. The rapid industrialization and technological advancements led to the realization of the finite nature of natural resources, such as coal and oil, which were the primary sources of energy at that time. The need to conserve energy became more apparent as concerns over resource scarcity grew.


Oil Crisis and Energy Conservation Movement

The oil crisis of 1973, triggered by the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) imposing an oil embargo, created a worldwide energy crisis. This event highlighted the vulnerability of countries heavily reliant on oil imports for their energy needs. In response, governments and organizations started promoting energy conservation as a means to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and enhance energy security.


Rio Earth Summit and Global Commitment

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Rio Earth Summit, held in 1992, emphasized the importance of sustainable development and the role of energy conservation in mitigating climate change. The summit resulted in the adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which encouraged nations to prioritize energy conservation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


International Year of Energy Conservation

To raise awareness and promote energy conservation globally, the United Nations declared 2005 as the International Year of Energy Conservation. This initiative aimed to educate individuals, businesses, and governments about the benefits of energy efficiency and conservation practices. It served as a catalyst for policy changes and increased public interest in energy conservation.


Ongoing Efforts and Energy Conservation Practices

Energy conservation remains a critical aspect of sustainable development and addressing climate change in the present day. Governments, organizations, and individuals continue to explore and implement energy-efficient technologies, renewable energy sources, and behavioral changes to reduce energy consumption. The focus on energy conservation is crucial to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

Did you know?

Did you know that if every American household replaced just one standard light bulb with an energy-efficient one, we could save enough energy to light more than 2.5 million homes for a year? Now, that's a fun fact worthy of a blockbuster movie narration!


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29th November 2015

Most mentioned on

14th December 2016

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