Although it seems like energy just appears from your outlet, electricity and heating in fact have far-reaching impacts. The energy that you use can come from a variety of sources (from solar to the mining of mountains) and can be a major contributor of Greenhouse Gases.
So when it comes to energy usage, there are two main ways in AASHE STARS rates us on sustainability:
Increasing efficiency means that you gain the maximum energy from a certain amount of fuel and use it only when needed. Sustainable sourcing involves choosing energy sources that have minimal environmental, social, and economic impacts.
Please feel free to dive deeper into how we are working to make our energy usage as sustainable as possible.