The total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an individual, event, organization, service, or product.
Technologies that significantly reduce or eliminate the use of energy from non-renewable sources through efficiency or conservation or by producing energy from the sun, wind, water, biomass, or any renewable, non-depletable or recyclable fuel.
Electric Resistance Heating
Heating systems which produce thermal energy by passing an electric current through a high resistance material, converting electrical energy into heat. Electric resistance heating is not as efficient as heat pumps, another heating solution that runs on electricity.
The amount of ampage that your electrical panel can handle, or the amount of electricity your electric panel is able to distribute. A fully electrified home typically needs 200-amp electrical service.
A non-renewable fuel source that is formed in the earth from plant or animal remains. Fossil fuels include oil, natural gas, propane, and coal.
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions
A gas that traps heat in Earth’s atmosphere. Carbon dioxide and methane are examples of greenhouse gases.
Heat Load Calculation
A calculation done to determine a building’s heating and cooling capacity needed for a heating and cooling unit under design conditions. The size, orientation, and amount of weatherization, doors, windows and thickness of walls, windows, and doors is used to determine a building’s heat load calculation.
Equipment that transfers heat from a colder area to a hotter area by absorbing heat from a cold space and transferring it to a warmer space using the refrigeration cycle.
A methodology developed by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) to do a heat load calculation.
Net Zero Emissions
When the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions is equal to or less than the amount of carbon dioxide or its equivalent that is removed from the atmosphere and stored in Earth’s systems annually. The Commonweath aims to be net zero emissions by 2050.
The process of moving refrigerants through a loop to transfer heat from one place to another. Refrigeration cycles can work to move heat in a home in the winter and also move heat out of a home in the summer.