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We all use energy every day for things like transportation, cooking, heating, cooling, lighting, and entertainment. The choices we make about how we use energy impact our environment and our lives.

Conservation and Efficiency

The terms energy conservation (CON-SIR-VAY-SHUN) and energy efficiency (EE-FISH-EN-CEE) are similar to each other but have different meanings.

We conserve energy when we use less of it. There are many things we can do to use less energy. Turning the lights off when you leave the room and turning off your computer when you're not using it are both ways of conserving energy.

There are also many ways we can use energy more wisely, and that is being energy efficient. Things that are energy efficient are made in a way where they use less energy to perform the same function that something else performs. For example: A compact fluorescent (FLOR-ES-ENT) light bulb, or CFL, uses less energy than an incandescent (IN-CAN-DES-ENT) bulb uses to produce the same amount of light.

Picture of Different Types of CFL Bulbs

So, a CFL by itself is energy efficient. And using a CFL is a way to be energy efficient and conserve energy at the same time. And when you turn off a CFL when you leave the room, you're conserving even more energy!

You see? That is why they are both similar and different at the same time. Being one or the other is good. Being both is even better!