Ways to save!

 

The main opportunities to reduce CO2 emissions and save money can be seen in the pie chart from the Union of Concerned Scientists, showing the fractions of CO2 coming from different functions of a typical household.

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Home Heating and Cooling

Find out about air-source heat pumps and other efficient and low CO2 options for heating and cooling. Get info on applicable rebates and everything you need to know to get started.

Home Weatherization

Sealing leaks and adding insulation can save up to 20% on heating costs every year, improve comfort and prevent ice dams.  An energy audit can tell you how, and rebates can help lower the cost.

Programmable Thermostats

Set back thermostats when asleep or away to save as much as 15% of heating bills. Programmable thermostats are inexpensive and easy to use, and some can adapt to your home to save more energy.  

Hot Water

Heating water is a big use of energy in the home.  Heat pump water heaters are a new option, using less than half the energy of electric water heaters, and save $$ compared with electric, oil or propane.

Solar – Generate your Own Power!

Having solar panels to offset your electricity use is a winner, as costs have fallen dramatically and financial incentives are substantial.  Find out whether solar is right for your home.

Home Appliances

EnergyStar appliances save energy and $ over inefficient models.  See if it makes sense to replace your refrigerator or washing machine.  Tame other energy hogs in the home with smart power strips.

LED Lighting

If you have incandescent bulbs, lighting may be your biggest electricity user.  LEDs use about 1/8th the power, and the cost has come down so far that swapping out your old bulbs pays for itself quickly.

Transportation

Getting from place to place by car or plane is a big source of CO2. Drive less, and drive electric are good options.  Find out about EVs, bicycling and other ways of getting around.

Sustainable Yards

For many residents, landscaping and lawn care consume a lot of time, money and energy.  Learn about better ways to reduce all of these, in order to keep your property and family healthy with time to enjoy it.

Low-Carbon Diet

The food you eat has a big impact on our health and that of the environment.  Eating less red meat and more vegetables, legumes and grains can save money.  Find easy and delicious meals for your family, and share your favorites on the blog.