Do you speak green?

Heightened interest in environmental accountability has spawned a whole new language of ECO speak. Some terms you may want to become familiar with are…

Energy-smart: Products that meet energy needs cost effectively and with the least impact on the environment.

Energy Star rating: The label given by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy to appliances and products that exceed federal energy efficiency standards. This label helps consumers identify products that will save energy and money. Energy Star-labeled appliances often exceed the efficiency levels of other new products.

Indoor air quality (IAQ): The supply and introduction of adequate air for ventilation and control of airborne contaminants, acceptable temperatures and relative humidity.

LEED: The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Building Rating System sets industry standards for green building design.

Off-gassing: The release of gas into the air from products treated with chemicals during their manufacture.

Off-the-grid: A term used to describe a system that runs on renewable energy sources independent of a conventional public utility grid.

Renewable energy: Energy derived from sources that do not deplete natural resources. Examples include solar, wind and geothermal energy.

Thanks and acknowledgement to The Residential Specialist for information used in this blog.


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