Perusing ways to conserve energy and reduce Better Farm's carbon footprint, I came across a stellar article by Gary Reysa, a retired aircraft engineer and contributor to Mother Earth News, a fab magazine covering all things green and sustainable.
Reysa and his family set out to cut their total energy use, energy costs, and greenhouse gas emissions in half. They met that goal by executing a few simple home projects, ranging in complexity from bubble-wrapping windows to building a solar heater (he promises it's not as daunting as it sounds). The Reysas cut their energy from 93,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year to 38,000 kWh per year—an annual savings of $4,500 in energy costs, and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 17 tons.
Check out his full article here for details on the following energy-saving projects.
|The Top Eight Projects|| Initial|
|Personal Computer Power Management|| $20|| $178|| 1,780 kWh|| 3,560 lbs|
| Install Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs|| $50|| $117|| 1,170 kWh|| 2,340 lbs|
| Seal and Insulate Heating Ducts|| $20|| $75|| 940 kWh|| 480 lbs|
| Reduce Infiltration Losses From House/Seal Leaks|| $50|| $156|| 1,980 kWh|| 1,010 lbs|
| Vent Dryer to Inside During Winter|| $5|| $63|| 630 kWh|| 286 lbs|
| Insulate Windows With Bubble Wrap|| $38|| $75|| 960 kWh|| 490 lbs|
| Eliminate Phantom Electrical Loads|| $70|| $57|| 570 kWh|| 1,140 lbs|
| Use an Electric Mattress Pad|| $125|| $186|| 2,320 kWh|| 1,150 lbs|
| Totals|| $378|| $907|| 10,350 kWh|| 10,456 lbs|