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Embodied energy is a term used to describe the amount of energy to obtain, manufacture and transport materials to a site.
Some concepts to consider include:
"Embodied energy is defined as the commercial energy (fossil fuels, nuclear, etc) that was used in the work to make any product, bring it to market, and dispose of it. Embodied energy is an accounting methodology which aims to find the sum total of the energy necessary for an entire product lifecycle. This lifecycle includes raw material extraction, transport, manufacture, assembly, installation, disassembly, deconstruction and/or decomposition." (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Making sustainable landscape design and planning decisions can contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle and reduce costly gas and electric heating and cooling needs.
Design elements to promote passive solar heating (and cooling) include:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency— Reducing Energy Use
The opportunity to reduce our energy usage is a choice that we can make.
The five main stages in the life cycle of a material or product are:
"Reducing our environmental impacts requires thinking and learning about not just how we use products, but where they came from and where they're going."
As the costs of importing petroleum fuels increase and the potable water from dams and reservoirs decrease, the interest in alternate sources of energy has risen. Long term, renewable energy is no longer a distant goal but has become a current necessity.
Some clean and renewable sources include:
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