Speaking about energy to your audiences.

If you're thinking about and addressing your own energy use, it can be nice to involve your audiences in the conversation: if everyone who attends your venue or event take a little action in their own lives, you can exponentially increase the impact of what you're doing and make a positive difference.

Talking about energy doesn't need to be boring: the most important thing is to speak about it in the way that you would speak to your audiences about your programme or any other activities you want to get them excited about. After all, there's a natural relationship between the electricity used in the house and the sound coming out of a speaker: both are just different forms of energy. By wasting less energy in our everyday lives, we can make sure that we'll be pumping sound through PA systems for many years to come.

For example, DGTL Festival encouraged their audience to 'earn back' their festival experience by cutting back on energy usage at home to save the amount of money it costs to buy a ticket, providing them with top tips on saving energy and money in a share-able video

At EE MUSIC, we've also been working at bringing creativity, art, and energy together in our vision for a sustainable and clean energy future. For example, Mixmaster Morris, signed to Ninja Tune, has created an exclusive energy-themed mix especially for EE MUSIC. Take a listen and feel free to share it with your own audiences

It can sometimes help to have a few facts and figures ready – so to help you, we’ve prepared the following:

  • Did you know approximately a quarter of the EU’s carbon footprint comes from energy use in the home? By being more energy efficient at home you can make a difference, too. 
  • The EU currently only produces 48% of its energy needs. The rest needs to be imported at great cost, so it makes sense for everyone to be more efficient.
  • Energy efficient household lamps such as CFLs or LEDs can save up to 80% of energy compared to less efficient bulbs, while providing the same level of lighting and lasting up to 15 times longer.
  • Only 10% of energy in a conventional light bulb is used to create light. Ninety percent of a light bulb’s energy is lost as heat.
  • Household appliances left in standby mode still consume energy. You can reduce your electricity bill by up to 12% if you make sure to turn them all completely off when not in use.
  • Turning down the thermostat on your heating, or increasing the temperature at which your air conditioning kicks in by only a few degrees can make a huge difference to your energy use! 
  • The average car is responsible for approximately 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
  • Regularly clean the cleaning fins on your fridge to keep it running more efficiently - and did you know that for every 1 degree you cool it less, you can save 2% of the energy it uses? 
  • In general, public transportation is a much more efficient way of getting around (39% to 65% less carbon dioxide emissions for each passenger). To match this level of efficiency, a car must transport at least 2 or 3 people at all times.
  • Consider this: a well-insulated window reduces the amount of heat (energy) that can flow through it by as much as 50% compared to inefficient models.
  • Recycling waste saves materials and is also an energy efficient practice: for example, it takes up to 74% less energy (and 50% less water) to manufacture recycled paper than it does to manufacture virgin white paper.
  • By being more energy efficient, you can save energy, resources, carbon dioxide emissions and money. You might even get paid for using less energy: check with your national energy agency for available incentives, tax credits and deductions, and other benefits.
  • Insulating your hot water cylinder is one of the simplest and easiest ways to save energy and money. Fitting a solid foam ‘jacket’ around your cylinder will cut heat loss by over 75%.
  • By cleaning your freezer 2 to 3 times a year (on a cold day) you can save up to 10% of energy use.
  • When purchasing new household appliance keep an eye out for a model which bears the EU energy label. The EU energy label provides you with information about energy consumption and overall energy performance of a household appliance with colours ranging from dark green (high energy efficiency) to red (low energy efficiency). Opting for the cheapest unit is not necessarily the best option since a more efficient and expensive unit might save you money off your electricity bills in the long run.
  • Use lighting controls - like occupancy sensors, dimmers, or timers in order to reduce lighting energy use.
  • Fast and efficient microwave ovens use around 50% to 65% less energy than conventional ovens. They also have the added benefit of not heating up your kitchen, so they save money on air conditioning in the hot times of the year.
  • Borrow an individual plug in-energy monitor and measure the energy usage of your appliances when they are in use and when they are on ‘standby’. You may never look at your games console the same way again!
  • Did you know that many televisions are left on their factory settings which means that they are far brighter than is needed for the home - the brighter the TV is set, the more energy it uses. You will also find that the bigger the TV, the more energy it uses.
  • Make sure you regularly decalcify your hot water tank (once every 1-2 years depending on how hard the water is in your area): 1 mm of scale can increase your electricity consumption by as much as 10%.


Sources include:

Market Observatory For Energy, European Commission, June 2011; EDP – Energias de Portugal; DEFRA’s “2013 Government GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting”; ADENE – Portuguese National Energy Agency


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