Massachusetts is a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy. We have been ranked as first in energy efficiency and as 5th in the nation for LEED-certified buildings. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of a partnership between programs that encourage sustainability, energy efficiency and sourcing power from renewable sources. Help Massachusetts continue to be a leader and reduce your family’s carbon impact by learning about how you can transition to renewable energy and build sustainably.
The design, construction, and performance of sustainable buildings are directly related to the efficient use of materials, water, and energy for the entire life of the building. The common standard of measurement for sustainable buildings in the United States is under the “LEED” program. LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.” The United States Green Building Council ranks buildings using the LEED guidelines to stimulate/encourage/promote “sustainable construction, maintenance, and operation” across the country. You can become a homeowner that obtains certification to show your commitment to the environmental and public health of their local community. Deciding to find out more about our building practices shows our overall consciousness of greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and energy use.
In the United States, buildings account for:
- 39% of total energy use
- 68% of total electricity consumption
- 30% of landfill waste
- 38% of carbon dioxide emissions
- 12% of total water consumption
You can reduce the impact of buildings on our environment by choosing to add solar panels to your home or office. Solar is a key component in the LEED certification process. Adding solar power to your home or commercial building ties into several of the major pillars of LEED certification, including a decrease in greenhouse gases, improved air quality, a transition to new energy sources, and smart, forward-thinking building practices. This all reduces negative effects on human health while being conscious of the environment. Your decision to go solar can have a huge impact.
As you are probably aware, solar has a remarkable advantage over traditional fuel sources. We mentioned above, it can significantly reduce your building’s carbon footprint and your own greenhouse gas emissions. Let’s look at an example, the average family of four in the United States consumes about 50 kilowatts per day of electricity. Converting just one day’s worth of power (50 kilowatts) from fossil fuels into solar can prevent 732 pounds of carbon dioxide from going into the atmosphere each year. That is equivalent to planting 36 trees!
If you need any more convincing, going solar is smart for your wallet too! Solar energy captures free sunlight to heat or cool your building. Globally, we are quickly using up our reserves of oil, gas, and coal. The costs of these natural resources will continue to increase, and if you are tied to the grid with traditional energy sources, you could be paying the price.
RevoluSun is committed to providing highly ranked solar panels and storage equipment to help consumers reach the maximum efficiency and storage capacity. Contact us at 781- 348- 6469 and make the move towards LEED certification.
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- How Can Solar Help with LEED Certification? http://www.everbluetraining.com/blog/how-can-solar-help-leed-certification
- Importance of Green Building https://www.greenbuilt.org/about/importance-of-green-building/
- Massachusetts Ranks 5th in Nation for LEED Certified Buildings http://www.mass.gov/eea/pr-2015/ranks-5th-in-nation-for-leed-certified-buildings.html
- The Solar Advantage http://www.lennoxcommercial.com/green-building/solar-solutions/benefits-of-solar-energy.asp
- What Is LEED Certification? https://www.a-rsolar.com/solar-101/what-is-leed-certification/
- What Is the Average Electricity Use for a Family of Four http://www.green-energy-efficient-homes.com/average-electricity-consumption.html