Existing homes and buildings account for about 40% of our nation's carbon footprint. Most of the energy used by homes is for heating, cooling, domestic hot water and other electrical needs of the home for appliances, electronics, lighting, etc.
One of the largest contributions people can make to decrease their energy use and resulting environmental impacts is to reduce the day-to-day energy use of their home. And since most of us will not be building new energy-efficient homes in the next few years, it makes sense to look at what we can do now to improve our homes comfort and energy efficiency.
Almost all the heating and electricity in North Carolina is produced from fossil fuels and much of the electricity is produced from coal, which has multiple environmental impacts beyond the green house gases it emits.
The understanding of energy loss and use in homes has been very carefully studied in recent years, and it is now a fairly straight-forward process to evaluate a home's overall energy performance and prioritize a list of recommended improvements. Some improvements are easy and reasonably inexpensive for a homeowner to do themselves.
More Good News
Renewable energy is on the rise. The state-of-the-art technology for solar electricity and heating has come a long way in recent years and has the government's support in the form of tax credit increases. Currently, cost efficiency and reliability make solar energy a very desirable investment, both as a hedge against rising energy costs and grid failures, but more importantly, as a tangible contribution each of us can make towards a better energy future for ourselves and our children.
Three Step Home Energy Management Process
Begin enjoying a more reliable, cost-effective energy future and a healthier more comfortable home!