Turn Your Home Green
USE ENERGY-EFFICIENT HEATING & COOLING: To save 1050 pounds of CO2 annually, turn your heater down and your air conditioner up by three degrees. If you are considering installing an energy-efficient heating and cooling system in your home, the following links are useful:
INSTALL ENERGY-EFFICIENT WINDOWS: Nearly 25% of energy used for space heating and cooling offsets heat loss or gain from windows. Energy efficient windows, doors and skylights can help reduce energy bills up to 15%.
USE SOLAR POWER: If remodeling or building a new home, use solar energy (use federal tax credits and state buy down programs if available) to reduce 1000 to 6000 lbs. of CO2.
USE GREEN PAINTS: Buy No-VOC (volatile organic compounds) or low VOC paints that can eliminate eye, nose and throat irritation, and more severe health threats.
BUY ENERGY-EFFICIENT APPLIANCES: Buy Energy Star refrigerators, washers, dryers, and other appliances and save money as well as 1000 lbs. of CO2 a year.
RECYCLE: Recycling half of the aluminum, glass, plastic, and paper you use reduces 2400 lbs. of CO2.
BE WATER WISE: Buy low-flow toilets that can save up to 22,000 gallons of water per year for a family of four. Conserve on water use in your home.
TAKE ACTION: Check your home energy performance. Get involved by making a tax-deductible contribution, becoming an E-activist or volunteering.