LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 20, 2008) - Ewire -- Low Impact Living.com, the largest
green home improvement site online, has launched a groundbreaking new
Household Environmental Impact Calculator and rating system. These tools
will help Americans understand their environmental impacts and chart a
course to a more eco-friendly home and lifestyle. (Please see the
calculator at www.lowimpactliving.com)
This new calculator allows homeowners to input information about their
homes and consumption habits (e.g., house square footage, power use, miles
driven, etc.) and get a full picture of their environmental impacts. The
tool calculates not only carbon emissions (or "carbon footprint" as it is
called) but ALL environmental impacts -- including energy use, water
consumption, trash production, urban run-off production and more. It is the
most comprehensive environmental impact calculator available online.
The user also receives a "LILI" or Low Impact Living Index for their
household. The LILI is a rating of their overall environmental impact that
ranks them relative to other households of their size in their region. For
example the average LILI is 100, and if a household received a LILI of 50,
they would have a below-average, or positive, environmental impact. If
their LILI is 200, they have work to do. The goal is to reach as low of a
LILI as possible.
The calculator goes a step further to provide recommendations for how
Americans can improve the environmental sustainability of their homes and
lifestyles. The user receives a list of green projects they can undertake
to lower their impact. There are recommendations on such topics as solar
power, wind power and other alternative energy sources; insulation and
weatherproofing; low-impact landscaping; green building materials,
non-toxic cleaners; hybrid cars and alternative fuels; carbon offsets, and
much more. On the site customers can buy green products and find local
service providers to help them implement these green home-improvement
"Most Americans now believe that global warming is a real problem, but they
don't know what they can do in their own lives to try to stop it. We are
very excited to offer an impact calculator that will show homeowners how
much they contribute to global warming, how much water they use and waste,
how much trash they produce -- basically their full environmental impact.
And then we recommend a course of action that can get them to a lower LILI
score. We want to take people from environmental concern to positive action
as quickly and as easily as possible," said Jason Pelletier, Co-founder of
Low Impact Living, Inc. and the developer of the calculator.
The tool also provides is insight into the economics of green projects.
"Many consumers have no idea that in many states they can get $5,000 in
incentives to put up solar panels, or that they can buy green power from
their utility," said Jessica Jensen, Co-founder of Low Impact Living, Inc.
"We help consumers understand the costs and incentives for green projects
so that they can take informed environmental action."
About Low Impact Living.com
Low Impact Living.com is the largest green home improvement site online. We
teach consumers how to make their homes and lives more eco-friendly, and
then help them find the best green products and local service providers.
Contact Information: For more information please contact:
Phone (323) 965-9100
fax (323) 395-0893
Low Impact Living, Inc.
6399 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90048