Saving Energy Helps The Environment & Your Wallet
Cooling. Air and water heating. Lighting. Washers and dryers. TVs, game consoles, and computers. Home energy use makes a big impact on your wallet — and on the environment. Energy efficient homes empower us to tread softly while still enjoying outstanding quality of living.
CO2 Consumtion In Your Home
Some CO2 emissions are natural, such as decomposition and ocean release. Some are a result of human activity, such as burning fossil fuels. The latter creates long-lasting pollutants that decrease drinkable water supplies, increase the risk of severe weather, affect plant growth, create changes in the food supply, facilitate geographical changes (e.g. desertification, sea level rises, etc.), and more.
Residential energy use accounts for 21% of US CO2 emissions. Synergy Home models aim to slash that statistic. You save money, absolutely; you also help the environment. Every step taken to reduce emissions and lessen dependence on fossil fuels yields results. Imagine one energy efficient house on a block, then two, then ten. In one neighborhood, then two, then ten… It adds up to positive change for your community — and for the world at large.
Any structure, any home, can become more energy efficient. Common steps include:
- Swapping out electricity-eating light bulbs for energy efficient lighting options.
- Using EnergyStar appliances.
- Unplugging appliances when not in use.
- Adding sufficient insulation for your climate zone.
- Adjusting climate control systems up (AC) or down (heating).
When your entire home is designed and built from the ground up with energy efficiency in mind, as Synergy Home models are, you have the advantage of a tight thermal envelope. This includes the walls, roof, windows, foundation, and doors. Together, they prevent heat transfer from the inside to the outside in winter and the opposite in summer.
The bottom line: you won’t need as much fossil fuel-burning electricity to power your home. This cuts down on your environmental impact — and your bills. Win, win.