Six low-cost ways to reduce your home energy use
Noah Buhayar is a fellow at the
The Rocky Mountain Institute recently compiled
Last week, my colleague shared with you
That’s good news this time of year as home heating costs soar and we start to pay off all our holiday credit card bills.
Here are six more easy ways to reduce your home energy use and pad your pocketbook. For the average homeowner, each of these actions should keep a ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere for less than $20 (about the price of a high-quality
| CO2 saved
| $ saved
| Cost of saved carbon
|Install a programmable thermostat||1,071||$58.10||$9.34|
|Seal large air leaks in your home||1,489||$80.76||$10.07|
|Insulate your water heater||263||$14.95||$12.66|
|Add insulation in your attic||2,142||$116.20||$15.56|
|Seal and insulate your HVAC ducts||1,512||$81.90||$17.64|
|Install efficient showerheads||370||$21.01||$18.02|
|Total saved per year:||6,847||$372.92|
Remember that these calculations are based on the “average” American home. Since everybody’s home is a little bit different, you may want to consider a more detailed
That way you can make sure you’re choosing the steps that will save you the most money and have the deepest impact on your house’s greenhouse gas emissions.
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