How to Curb Climate Change with Phase Change Material
Even as building technology has evolved and become more efficient, our towns and cities are still full of older construction that hasn’t been updated. Maintaining this aging infrastructure has a cost. It costs building owners thousands every year on their utility bills. It also costs the planet, with an excess of C02 emissions.
Buildings account for nearly 40 percent of global energy consumption, and in the U.S., C02 emissions from buildings make up 39 percent of the country’s total emissions. But, despite these high numbers, many building owners are reluctant to take the steps necessary to improve energy efficiency, put off by high prices and long-term contracts from energy efficiency companies. But, today there is an easier way to lower C02 emissions from buildings by using phase change material and a monthly utilization model.
Phase Change Material Can Lower C02 Emissions from Buildings
Using natural materials like sand and clay, phase change material is a form of thermal energy storage that can be installed in building walls or ceilings. When it’s hot, phase change material absorbs the heat from the air around it and then releases the heat as the temperature cools. Buildings that use phase change material experience fewer temperature swings and use less electricity to regulate building temperature. The material also works overnight to regulate temperature, a time where renewable energy resources like solar aren’t available to run heating and cooling units.
The use of phase change material can greatly reduce electricity costs and C02 emissions from buildings. One study found that the widespread use of phase change material in buildings could reduce 3.34% of the world’s emissions by 2020.
The Easy Way to Get Phase Change Material
Unlike large-scale efficiency projects, phase change material is relatively inexpensive and easy to install in pre-existing buildings. What’s more, getting phase change material doesn’t involve the same kind of commitment that buying into solar panels or other big equipment does.
At D.I. Pathways, we are pioneering a unique monthly utilization agreement so customers can try out phase change material for a low monthly fee. The agreement can be canceled at any time, and the phase change material will be removed and D.I. Pathways’ insurance will make up the difference on the building’s utility bill.
To learn more about how phase change material can help reduce C02 emissions in your building, contact us today.