The most simple and cost effective way to reduce your energy bills and your carbon footprint is to conserve energy. Here is a list of some simple ways to decrease your energy usage:
- Install compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED light bulbs; CFL's use about 1/4 the energy of incandescent and LED's use about 1/8.
- Insulate ceilings, walls, hot water tanks and pipes
- Install a programmable thermostat; turn down the heat and turn up the A/C temperatures when they are not noticed such as when no one is home or everyone is sleeping, or during non office hours for businesses
- Install energy-efficient appliances, including: on-demand hot water heaters, clothes washers, clothes dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, room air conditioners and dehumidifiers
- Install energy efficient, double paned windows
- For new construction, take advantage of passive solar design to decrease overall space heating and cooling energy needs over the lifetime of the building
These small steps add up to considerable savings on utility bills. The simple awareness of your own energy usage is a good starting place to begin transitioning from the mindset of endless, easily accessible, carbon based fuels. The world's demand for these fuels continues to increase while limited supply is being depleted. The sun is a virtually infinite source of free energy that when used wisely, can supply most of our daily needs. There is a statement that can be perfectly applied to conservation and renewable energy technologies, "Think globally, act locally".
An Energy Audit can be performed to determine where energy is being wasted on the property. The audit will provide options to decrease or eliminate the inefficiencies to bring down the energy loads of the building.