Applying energy saving measures is one of the first steps to reducing your carbon footprint and lowering your energy costs. We have all heard the term energy efficiency, but this topic covers a wide range of technologies and techniques. Energy efficiency includes passive design strategies, which utilize ambient energy sources to reduce your overall energy demand, as well as active design strategies, which use purchased energy to keep your home comfortable.
Below you may find more information about each design strategy, and how you may apply them to your home.
- Insulation – reduce your heating and cooling energy requirements by reducing the heat losses or gains in your home. This is the single most effective way to cut your energy bill in extremely hot and cold climates.
- Passive Design - utilize the natural resources of our world to reduce your house’s energy profile.
- Lighting – a quick and easy energy saving measure calls for the replacement of inefficient lighting fixtures with energy efficient lighting bulbs.
- Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) – by upgrading your HVAC system and controls, you can decrease your overall energy usage.
- Appliances - save money by saving energy with your appliances. Check out these tips on how upgrading the appliances in your home can save you money.
- Energy Audit – determine which energy saving measure is best for your home by contacting your energy supplier or an energy auditor. These professionals will provide expert advise on how you can save energy and money.
- Tax Rebates - the state and federal government offer multiple tax incentives for implementing energy efficiency measures.
A great way to estimate the required investment for each of these energy saving methods visit: Home Energy Guide. This website allows you to estimate the cost and payback period for various home upgrades by entering your variables specific to your home and location.