Everyone knows that climate change is real and happening now. What many people don't know is that we have the solutions in our hands.

Among them is energy efficiency.

Energy efficiency is a very broad term referring to the many different ways we can get the same amount of results (light, heat, motion, etc.) done with less energy. Basically the goal of energy efficiency is to expend less energy. Making homes, vehicles, and businesses more energy efficient is seen as a largely untapped solution in addressing the problems of pollution, global warming, energy security, and fossil fuel depletion.

In fact, using energy smartly can double energy efficiency by 2050, and with a few simple steps, every one of us can do our bit.

Here at our office in Manila, we are always challenged with the persistent need to show through deeds examples of what our words mean as an environmental advocacy organization. That’s why as of last year we started to invest in energy efficiency measures that go beyond switching-off and unplugging unused electronic devices that are on stand-by mode.

We started by switching all our lighting fixtures from compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) to using light emitting diodes (LED) which was fully put into operation by November last year.

Last, week we went further by installing solar photovoltaic panels in the office building’s rooftop to power the lighting on one wing of the office. The idea is for it to first cater to office lighting needs in our fundraising and reception areas and power the water dispenser. Later we will be installing a wind turbine as an additional power source.  And this is just the beginning of our plan to run majority of the office by a combination of energy efficiency measures and the utilization of renewable energy sources.

Energy efficiency often has multiple positive effects, and saving energy and saving money often go hand-in-hand. Energy efficiency is highly advantageous as well for the office, and since Earth Hour is just around the corner, it could be counted as among Greenpeace's concrete contribution to reducing energy from the demand side.

Onward with the Energy [R]evolution!