In 2013, an average of 6.3 million pounds (2.9 million kilograms) of carbon dioxide were emitted into the air every second, according to the Global Carbon Project; a sign of how feeble the world’s efforts are at slowing man-made global warming.

 

THE WORLD PUMPED AN ESTIMATED 39.8 BILLION TONS OF CO2 INTO THE AIR IN 2013.

 
That’s more carbon pollution released into the air than ever before. With scientists forecasting that emissions will continue to increase, the world is expected to warm by about 2 degrees Fahrenheit in about 30 years. Those are levels that world leaders called dangerous and pledged not to reach in 2009.

 

The world’s three biggest carbon polluting nations—China, the U.S. and India—all saw their emissions jump. India’s emissions grew by 5.1 percent, China’s emissions by 4.2 percent and the United States’ emissions by 2.9 percent.

 

A report released in 2014 by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy found that energy efficiency is the cheapest method of providing Americans with electricity. Incorporating higher levels of energy efficiency in long-term planning can protect utilities and their customers against rising costs of traditional energy sources. In addition, buildings can use 90 percent less energy and can even be retrofitted to generate surplus energy.

 

Energy conservation refers to efforts made to reduce energy consumption and is broader than energy efficiency; it includes active efforts to decrease energy consumption through behavioral change, in addition to using energy more efficiently. Examples of conservation without efficiency improvements are heating a room less throughout the winter or enabling energy saving modes on a computer.

 

The boundary between energy efficiency and energy conservation can be fuzzy, but both are important in environmental and economic terms. Energy conservation is a challenge requiring technological development and behavioral change to go hand-in-hand.

One of the key features which differentiate the Tri Cascade BRIGHTenergy™ system from other product offerings available today is the simplicity of relaying energy consumption data.Using this information, the Tri Cascade BRIGHTenergy system allows consumers to reduce their energy consumption.Tri Cascade’s first product release, the i-BRIGHT™7x Smart Surge Protector, is a Wi-Fi enabled energy management tool embedded with online scheduling and power consumption metering on the Microsoft® cloud. Tri Cascade’s proprietary BRIGHTenergy™ app for iPhone will provide mobile control for consumers to instantly turn the i-BRIGHT7x Smart Surge Protector on or off at anytime, from anywhere.

 

The BRIGHTenergy system is a fundamental evolution in preventing energy waste. No matter how efficient a device may be, it wastes energy when it is left on. The system collects power consumption data and allows the consumer to understand the energy itself by embedding a two-way communication enabled micro meter in every plug, switch, and dimmer in the home. Each plug and switch reports to the BRIGHTenergy system in real time ZigBee Radio Frequency (RF).

 

The Simple Mode Switching allows consumers to set their house setting to ‘Home,’ ‘Away’ or ‘Asleep.’ For example, by reducing the in-home temperature from 72 degrees Fahrenheit to 65 degrees when out of the home or asleep, the homeowner saves 576 kWh over the four coldest months of the year. Likewise, by being able to ensure that all lights are turned off with one hit of the ‘Away’ button as the homeowner is dashing out the door, rather than conducting the ritual walk through of the house turning off each individual light, the homeowner can significantly reduce electricity consumption used for lighting.

 

By knowing exactly where, what, when and how much energy is being used in the structure, the BRIGHTenergy system puts the consumer in control of their energy behavior like never before.

 

Online:

Nature Geoscience: http://www.nature.com/ngeo

Global Carbon Project: http://www.globalcarbonproject.org/carbonbudget/