Electric Cars Alone Won't Save the Planet. Here's Why.
We at E3 INNOVATE love our cars... if you didn't know already. And, although we try not to play favorites, our electric vehicles hold a special place in our heart. That's because they represent the early adoption of the shift toward electrified (and hopefully someday) solar-powered transportation.
However, as much as we advocate for electric cars and car-charging stations, we know that electric cars alone won't save the planet. We MUST address the energy consumption of our homes, too.
According to the EPA, electricity production, accounts for 25% of total US greenhouse gas emissions. Homes and buildings use 31% of that electricity. Other emissions associated with buildings come from fossil fuels used for heating and other appliances, as well as from the handling of waste. This accounts for another 13% of US emissions. We must not forget that our environmental impact, and responsibility for that matter, includes our homes.
Erik Daugherty started E3 INNOVATE knowing that if we want to be serious about curbing GHG emissions and push forward into a low-carbon future, we MUST address the residential sector. After his international studies in sustainability, he realized the lack of attention given to this sector's enormous contribution to carbon emissions and returned to his hometown, Nashville TN, to make a difference.
E3 INNOVATE is among a handful of companies in the nation with a business model created to improve the performance and efficiency of existing homes. It's not an easy business model, but it's a necessary one if we want to create a sustainable future.
If you are serious about doing your part to address climate change, consider improving the efficiency of your home. The best place to start is with an E3 Whole-Home Diagnostic Assessment.