Carbon Footprints, After Versus Before
There’s more to a sustainable and ecological personal and professional focus than that of recycling aluminum cans, glass and cardboard. While these actions are admirable and do indeed reduce your carbon footprint, they often require fossil fuel energy to collect, transport and reform the materials into “new” containers. Thus, recycling takes place after a product has been produced and in an effort to help prevent repeating the entire process and energy needs again. It helps, but it doesn’t prevent the initial energy use and release of carbon.
Reducing Carbon Release Before a Footprint is Formed
More and more, means have been sought to prevent energy expenditure and the formation of a carbon footprint before it occurs. The primary means of accomplishing this has been through the development of energy efficient cars, appliances, HVAC systems and commercial building design. For instance, designing a structure to take advantage of natural light can significantly reduce electrical lighting expenses. Constructing a structure with electrical lights that automatically turn off when residents or employees leave a room can likewise affect lighting costs. Parkwest General Contractors of Anaheim are experts in the tiny details and the larger picture in order to maximize energy efficiency. Call them today at 714-632-8001 to find out how you can best minimize your carbon footprint.