Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Home

You can reduce the carbon footprint of you home with these simple tips:

Programmable thermostat – Costs about $50 or less and will save you that much or more in the first year.

Weather stripping and Caulking – Costs almost nothing while reducing your energy use, reducing drafts and improving comfort.   

Lighting – Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) have that cool curly shape and save more than 2/3rds of the energy of a regular incandescent.  Each bulb can save $40 or more over its lifetime.  Read the box or instructions for safe disposal.

Heating and Cooling – Keep your heating and cooling system(s) tuned.

Insulation – Weather stripping, caulking and insulation work together to save you energy, improve the comfort of your home, make it quieter and help you save money.

Water-Conserving Showerheads & Toilets – Install a hot water recirculating system that is powered by thermal convection, has a temperature controlled by-pass valve and requires no electricity to operate. There is no water waste with this type of system, and it also minimizes energy waste since it only re-circulates when the hot water at your faucet cools below your desired temperature and can also prevent pipe freezing. To save even more water and energy, turn the faucet off when brushing or shaving. These simple changes and steps can save many thousands of gallons of water annually.

Appliances – Always pay attention to the total lifetime cost, including energy—not just the price tag.  Bigger isn’t always better – Just get the size you need; do you really need that extra refrigerator in the basement?

Electronics – Turn things off. If you’re going away or not using an item for a while, unplug it to prevent “vampire” energy loss from electricity usage on standby.

Windows – When it’s time to replace them, make sure to use energy saving designs.

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