February 1, 2020
One of the most tangible ways we use energy in our daily lives is to heat, cool, light, and power our homes. Home energy use accounts for 34% of the average American’s carbon footprint. It would take 309 trees per person per year to absorb all those greenhouse gas emissions.
Lowering our home carbon footprint is often not that hard, and can be a significant potential source of financial savings. Here are our top 3 tips:
Step 1: Opt into renewable energy.
If your home and location allow it, switching to solar could not only be the single most impactful action you could take, but it could also save you money over time. Websites like Energy Sage allow you to compare options for solar near you.
For those of us who rent or live in cold, grey areas, never fear! There’s an option for us too. Most utilities offer an option to purchase clean energy instead of power from fossil fuels. Go to your utility’s website, or check your city or state for local options and community choice aggregators that offer consumers clean energy (see this list or this list for ideas). It’s often as simple as pushing a button.
Step 2: Cut your base load.
Your base load is the low-lying electricity your home uses continuously, 24/7, and usually is a prime culprit for wasteful energy use.
Step 3: Limit heating and cooling.
Heating and cooling – both air and water – are usually the most energy-intensive actions we take in our homes.
Let us know how you plan to improve your home energy usage in 2020!
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