Looking for some quick hitting home energy upgrades to both reduce you bills and shrink your carbon footprint? Here are some suggestions for home energy upgrades.
Home energy upgrades to reduce the amount of CO2 that your family’s home emits include a short list of simple straight-forward projects such as adding insulation into your attic, air sealing accessible air leakage points, caulking windows, weather-stripping doors, putting up some shades and thick curtains, and switching to energy efficient lighting. If you do most, or all, of these, you’ll quickly and permanently reduce your carbon footprint
While I admit that these upgrades are just about the driest cocktail party topic ever known to man, and provide no bragging rights whatsoever, the upside potential is noticeable.
If you are unfamiliar with the amazing benefits of energy efficiency, please don’t become apprehensive because you can learn about this potential in another Green Blizzard article, the Financial Benefits of Going Green: Energy Efficiency Upgrades.
In addition, anyone can understand the unquantifiable benefit of having a warmer bedroom in the winter, or reduced drafts by the TV room’s couch.
A typical energy audit highlights and diagnoses these types of comfort issues (and high energy bill issues) all of which lead to a larger carbon footprint.
On the spectrum of going green at home, the energy audit itself does not actually receive a mark, because it is the recommended modifications that are associated with the results of the audit which make the impact over the longrun.
Typically those with the best ROI are air-tightening and HVAC-related upgrades because they are more cost-effective in significantly reducing any gas, oil, and/or electricity used to warm and cool your home. Always bear in mind that lower energy consumption will mitigate the long-term environmental damage from your home’s CO2 output.
The energy savings potential ranges from maybe 10% to 40% for a typical upgrade project, with the average being around 20% in energy cost savings. But you need to factor that rolling indefinitely forward across the years.
Some of these lesser cost energy upgrades do have the same environmental impact status compared to installing solar panels or a geothermal heat pump, which can offset much more energy, but it is still a very worthy endeavor at a much lower price point and a decent ROI.