Energy efficiency in St. Thomas is becoming more and more necessary, due to many factors, among others rising electricity costs and fuel price increases. With temperatures plummeting to below zero degrees at times and with an annual average day temperature of about eight degrees Celsius, St. Thomas residents need to keep warm. This definitely has a financial implication if measures to save on costs are outdated or non-existent. Energy efficiency vs. energy conservation The difference between energy efficiency and energy conservation is that energy saving appliances, equipment or buildings use less energy to produce the same outcome or service, whereas by avoiding use of appliances or equipment altogether, would be defined as energy conservation. A simple example to illustrate the difference is to turn off a light when exiting a room, or replacing an incandescent lamp with a compact fluorescent lamp. Other examples would include insulating a house to reduce heating and cooling energy to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the home, installing natural skylights to eliminate the use of electrical lighting during the day, or making use of fire places specially designed to optimize heat, but minimize the amount of power or fuel required to operate it. In short, anything that reduces the use of electricity but gives the same effect is energy efficient. Why implement energy efficiency? Earth is slowly but surely running out of natural energy resources and fossil fuel usage is damaging our Ozone layer at an alarming rate. This is affecting the planet, and although there are many speculations regarding Global Warming, we can all agree that Mother Nature has definitely changed her ways over the past few years. Earthquakes, tornados, tsunamis and other forces of nature have increased at alarming rate. To conserve energy is not a sustainable long-term solution. Alternative resources such as wind, sun and wave energy might hold the key. At My Fireplace, we have comprehensive solutions for all your seasonal requirements. Our wide selection of Gas, Wood and Electric Fireplaces is the ideal way to ensure your family keeps warm during those cold days! We do installations, preventative maintenance and offer a 24 Hour Emergency Service on all our sold products. Contact us today to find out more about rebates and our current promotions!