Homes and commercial buildings are responsible for 13% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. That’s more than the entire agricultural sector, and only includes day-to-day, operational emissions! Overlapping with other sectors, the complete carbon footprint of residential and commercial buildings reaches to almost 40% of the US total. Clearly, to prevent climate catastrophe, we need to rethink our buildings. Luckily, we know exactly where to start. These emissions come from two main sources:
While our tools and appliances have become more energy efficient in recent decades, the same isn’t true for our buildings. We’ve made advances, but unsustainable buildings are constructed every day, which has led to a lot of wasted energy. Additionally, most buildings, especially here in New Jersey, are much older than the modern appliances we use and haven’t been updated to today’s best practices.
Still, there are many positive signs for the future of energy efficient construction and renovation. Certification programs like LEED and Energy Star help both developers and homeowners maximize sustainability, and many cities around the country are mandating sustainable construction. However, the best incentives program is plain economics. The less energy you use, the lower your energy bill! Click below to find our how you can lower your energy costs by taking part in a PSE&G energy audit.