What can Richmond residents do in our everyday lives to conserve energy? Please consider using fewer lights or turning off lights when they’re not really needed. Adjust settings on your home thermostat to lower the heat during overnight hours and when you’re at work and school during the day.
Energy Conservation Tips
Contact People’s Power and Light for securing energy conservation tips and establishing “green energy” for your home or business; and seek other ways to lessen the burning of fossil fuels that generate greenhouse gases. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in metrics such as energy savings, water use, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) created LEED as a rating system for “green” buildings. Besides energy efficiency / conservation, LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in other key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.