CONSUMER AWARENESS The desires to reduce carbon emissions, dependency on foreign oil, and spiraling energy costs have all lead to more consumer awareness regarding energy conservation, energy efficiency and the concept of sustainability for our future. Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Buildings are wasteful. The U. S. Department of Energy claims that buildings account for 40% of total energy use, 71% of electricity consumption, 38% of CO2 emissions, 36% of greenhouse gas emissions, 30% of raw material consumption, 30% of waste output, and 12% of potable water consumption. ENERGY PERFORMANCE RATING SYSTEMS LEED Rating System – a rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council – LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. HERS Rating System – a home energy rating system of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR – a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy which identifies energy efficient products and practices. WAYS TO SAVE ENERGY ON YOUR HOME 66 Ways to Save Energy – tips from LIPA for lowering your home’s energy consumption and reducing your bills What You Can Do to Reduce Energy Consumption – tools from National Grid for analyzing you home’s energy consumption and ways to become more energy efficient LOCAL ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE LINKS Lake Agawam Conservation Association – this group of lakeside residents, concerned citizens and local officials is dedicated to restore the health of Lake Agawam through educational awareness. Lake Agawam is a 60-acre fresh water lake located centrally within our village. Local Organic Farmstands – a link to the Local Harvest website with links to local sustainably grown food sources Farmers’ Markets – a link to the Long Island Fresh website and a list of farmers markets in our county, some within a short drive Long Island Farm Bureau – among other things, this site has a great video from American Heartland about three farm families on Long Island New York Farm Bureau – for State farm legislation Suffolk County Water Authority – for information about our local public water supply.
COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY Joan & Paul are committed to working with consumers and investors interested in properties with green and sustainable features. They are proud to be the first Southampton members of the Green Resource Council and are amongst the first 500 Realtors in our country to earn NAR’s sustainable property designation, the only green designation recognized by NAR for real estate professionals that have demonstrated knowledge and awareness of energy efficiency, and the significance of LEED, HERS and ENERGY STAR and regulatory issues as they relate to sustainability.