Dr. Gardner is a professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and director of the Energy Efficiency Research Institute, a multi-institutional program that is part of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies at the Idaho National Laboratory.
What is energy efficiency, why is it important and what can individuals do to make the most of their energy use? In this podcast, Gardner provides an insightful look at why energy generated from non-sustainable sources such as fossil fuels has societal and environmental impacts that far outweigh the costs to produce it. Likewise, by paying attention to the way energy is consumed – such as commuting by bicycle, turning off electrical appliances when not in use, and avoiding a heavy reliance on prepackaged and preprocessed foods, positive impacts are realized that extend well beyond monetary savings. The key, Gardner explains, is to learn to value energy more than it costs.