A campaign to reduce carbon emissions and enjoy nicer spaces in our home and buildings.
I was totally shocked at the size of the rebate. But I was happy for it. It really made the payback pretty decent.
We need to look for every way to save a dollar so we don’t jeopardize the critical services we’re offering.
We’re pleased to make this investment in sustainability to demonstrate our commitment to this great city.
It made sense economically, so we jumped on it…. so that is well worth it to me.
WE WANT BETTER HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS
According to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), over 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions take place during operational phase to meet various energy needs such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and water heating. Read Eneref Institute report.
- 39% of CO2 comes from U.S. buildings.
The commercial and residential building sector accounts for 39% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States per year, more than any other sector. U.S. buildings alone are responsible for more CO2 emissions annually than those of any other country except China. Most of these emissions come from the combustion of fossil fuels to provide heating, cooling and lighting, and to power appliances and electrical equipment.
- $61 billion in annual energy savings from solar heating and cooling systems
Implementing the solar heating and cooling systems (SHC) road map would create more than 50,000 good-paying American jobs across the US, and there would be an estimated $61 billion in annual energy savings for homeowners, businesses, schools, and governments. This dramatic expansion of SHC systems will permit America to generate approximately 8% of its total heating and cooling needs through clean solar energy, displacing an estimated 226 million tons of carbon emissions annually. That’s the equivalent of mothballing 64 coal plants.
As the world population continues to grow and the limited amount of fossil fuels begin to diminish. Solar heating and cooling systems (SHC) draws from an inexhaustible energy source while displacing fossil fuels and electricity otherwise needed for heating and cooling. This reduces emissions of CO2 and air pollutants while stimulating local job and economic growth.
- US buildings use 36% of total energy
Cooling a building can be expensive. In addition to cost, it places extra strain on the power grid—and our natural resources. In the U.S., buildings account for 36 percent of total energy use and 65 percent of electricity consumption, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To offer relief from the heat, sustainable cooling and heating systems have been introduced. These units offer a smaller, quieter and more energy-efficient solution in comparison to the forced air systems prevalent in many buildings.
- Efficient refrigerants can reduce global warming
"I was totally shocked at the size of the rebate. But I was happy for it. It really made the payback pretty decent." -- Gary Wood, a non-trustee volunteer officer of Green Chips.