Energy Saving Tips

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Weatherization: installing insulation can often reduce energy use by as much as 20 to 30%.

Install a solar attic fan:

If your primary motivation is saving money on your utility bill, you're likely better off choosing a different attic-related project: installing a radiant barrier, upgrading to R-38 insulation if you don't have it or even switching to a white roof in a cooling-dominated climate.

Too much heat is lost from the pipes coming directly from the hot water heater, and even more is lost in unheated crawl spaces. Pipe insulation greatly reduces heat loss in these areas. Users will spend less time waiting for hot water at the tap and it will lead to less waste. On demand hot water circulation is an exciting innovation in this area and can maximize efficiency.

We don’t just vote every four years. We vote every time we buy something. If we buy energy wasters manufacturers have no reason to make energy savers. If we “sweep” our driveways with a water hose how will kids understand how precious and limited our water resource is? If we don’t demand power from wind farms and bio-gas plants we will continue to get it from strip-mines. Finally by supporting and buying solar and wind systems on an individual basis today we assure that research and development will continue and that prices will continue to drop. Ultimately it is the next generation that will benefit the most or pay the most for decisions that we make today. We want them to think back and say we made the right choices.

The effectiveness and safety of attic fans is a debated subject, but studies show that standard line-powered fans actually cost more to operate than they generate in savings. And they can create zones of negative pressure, which risks pulling conditioned air from the house into the attic and the dangerous possibility of pulling gases from combustion appliances back into the house — namely, carbon monoxide. Since solar-powered fans don't draw nearly as much air as line-powered fans, neither of those concerns comes into play. Plus, a PV fan doesn't cost anything to operate once it's in place.

You probably know that you can save money on your utility bills by making your home energy efficient. But you might not know that many energy-efficient upgrades can reduce your taxes as well.

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