Across the country, property owners are looking for ways to save money on energy costs. This can mean simple things, like turning off lights in unoccupied rooms or closing the refrigerator door quickly. Many daily actions, whether we are running the air conditioner or driving to and from work, result in a “carbon footprint”. This refers to the amount of carbon dioxide we generate on a daily basis. The goal of green living trends is to reduce that carbon footprint, keeping harmful CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.
Simple Home Renovations
To reduce their environmental impact by lowering emissions, home and business owners are turning to energy-saving solutions. Government-sponsored incentive programs like Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) provide low-cost financing for major energy-saving home improvement projects. However, there are simple ways to reduce emissions, save money on energy costs, and live healthier lives.
Switching out a traditional incandescent bulb for more energy-efficient fluorescent or LED lighting products can save tremendous costs over the long term. A single bulb replacement may also reduce a home’s carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 150 pounds PER YEAR. This is quite significant for such a small improvement.
Bigger reductions are in store for property owners who raise their thermostats by two degrees in summer and lower by two degrees in winter. These changes can save a whopping 2000 pounds or more of carbon emissions. Research suggests that a thermostat setting of 68 degrees in winter and 78 in summer allow for comfortable interiors and very significant savings on monthly electric bills.
While replacing home appliances with more energy-efficient models may require spending money, they represent another good way to save energy and to reduce carbon emissions. Modern appliances work more efficiently than their older counterparts. Serious savings can be found by upgrading or replacing home air conditioning and heating systems to modern energy-efficient systems. Many of these upgrades are covered by PACE programs and lender financing like the national HERO Program.