Energy Conservation and Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

e3The world currently lacks a cohesive move forward in reducing pollution and improving world resource use in an efficient manner. Lowering emissions, reducing our carbon footprint, energy conservation, and population control are key to manage global energy and mineral resources in the future. Big energy must be used for deliver energy management and conservation technology in the commercial real estate arena to improve outcomes and save money.

America has a larger carbon footprint than most of the globe. Global tax rate differences are applied to carbon emissions and energy use across OECD & G-20 countries. Emissions from transport energy are more costly than heating and process emissions taxed at a lower rate. The weighted average energy effective tax rate in 41 countries is EUR 14.8 per tonne of carbon dioxide produced from energy use.

The costs of high energy use can seriously harm our local and national economy. This cost is higher in highly dense cities. Real estate managers have new roles in lowering energy use and improving green profiles for commercial business districts across America.

Existing buildings are retrofitted with smart technology to reduce energy load and transmit energy use information into data control centers for commercial real estate managers. International energy resource policies and improved commercial energy efficiency are key political issues in North America, as dated buildings require new electrical and energy systems.

Overseas countries with large inventories of older commercial buildings and business districts are great business opportunities for selling new technology systems. The latest remotely monitored energy equipment allows load management outside the local electric utility.

The winning strategy will be a portfolio approach focused on renewable energy. Installing local distributed hydro, windmills, wind farms, solar farms, and roof solar energy systems reduce our cost and secure the electric grid. Distributed generation lowers the requirement for installations of new electric transmission as populations grow.

Air conditioning systems should be zoned with digital thermostats to reduce energy usage when the home is empty. Tax credits must support higher efficiency systems which use less energy. This is based on SEER ratings. Obtain the SEER rating.prior to purchasing air conditioning units.Higher ratings increase the sales price per unit, but achieve lowered monthly electric cost. Never under size the AC unit size. This over-works the unit causing the AC unit to burn out early. It also produces higher electric costs.

Automation companies in the home appliance and lighting world can build lasting systems operated by smartphones to scale back resource use when homes are empty. CREE light bulbs can be turned on remotely with smartphone software. Some new light-bulb models incorporate the use of radio inside the light bulb.

Water management indirectly affects the carbon footprint. Water usage is managed or reduced through installing shower head equipment which lower the shower’s water usage and new toilets with smaller tanks. Planning laundry and dishwasher use for full loads reduces water use and supports resource conservation. Water bills have tripled in parts of southern California due to droughts. Backyard water wells are now difficult to permit in large cities.

Our world challenge is to incorporate renewable fuels like solar and wind and build programmable energy management systems to reduce energy use. Resources are available to push this energy platform. Global climate control issues require lower carbon footprints for everyone.

Dr. Rebecca Stone worked in international business, M&A, and energy trading. She has three graduate degrees and an undergrad degree from UT Austin. Dr Rebecca Stone has written many online articles about endangered species, finance, commodity trading, solar energy, venture capital, and green energy.