17 Jan '14, 12am

Learn more about location efficiency here:

Learn more about location efficiency here:

We spend a lot of time and money making our homes more energy efficient. Whether adding insulation, upgrading windows, replacing incandescent light bulbs, or replacing appliances, efforts we make to use less energy save us money and help the environment. But what about where we live? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released a report on "location efficiency"--the idea that where we live has an impact on our energy consumption. The findings are clear and profound. In conventional suburban development, an average American home uses 108 million BTUs (British Thermal Units--a measure of energy consumption) per year for operation (heating, cooling, lighting, etc.). But that same house uses 132 million BTUs per year in transportation energy use--for a total of 240 million BTU/year. In other words, for that average home, 55% of its total energy use is for t...

Full article: http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/location-efficiency-e...

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