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 your heating costs every year, adding to comfort and preventing ice dams.  An energy audit can tell you how, and new rebates can help this pay for itself quickly.

Programmable Thermostats

Setting back your thermostat when you're asleep or away can save as much as 15% off heating bills.  Install programmable thermostats, which are inexpensive and easy to use.  Wi-fi enabled models, which can adapt to your home, can save the most energy.  Take advantage of available rebates.

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, with the available financial incentives.  The costs have fallen so far, and this is the year to install solar since some incentives will be going away in 2018.  Find out what you need to know and get an assessment today.

Home Appliances

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

LED Lighting

If you have old fashioned incandescent bulbs, lighting is probably your biggest use of electricity.  LED bulbs use about 1/8th the power, and the cost has come down and technology improved so much that swapping out your old bulbs for new bulbs pays for itself quickly without the flicker, hum, or toxic mercury of CFL bulbs.

Transportation

Getting from place to place by car or plane is a big source of CO2. Drive less, and drive electric (or hybrid) are two good choices.  Find out about the latest efficient cars and rebates that make them affordable, as well as 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.  Check out new rebates available for electric lawn mowers.

Low-Carbon Diet

The food you eat has a big impact on our health and that of the environment and water use.  Adjusting ones diet away from red meat towards vegetables, legumes and grains can improve human and environmental health while saving money.  Find out about easy and delicious meals for your family, and share your favorites on the blog.