Save Energy Project

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

per Year

per Year 

CO2 Reduction
per Year 

Personal Computer Power Management
 1,780 kWh
 3,560 lbs
 Install Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
 1,170 kWh
 2,340 lbs
 Seal and Insulate Heating Ducts
 940 kWh
 480 lbs
 Reduce Infiltration Losses From House/Seal Leaks
 1,980 kWh
 1,010 lbs
 Vent Dryer to Inside During Winter
 630 kWh
 286 lbs
 Insulate Windows With Bubble Wrap
 960 kWh
 490 lbs
 Eliminate Phantom Electrical Loads
 570 kWh
 1,140 lbs
 Use an Electric Mattress Pad
 2,320 kWh
 1,150 lbs
 10,350 kWh
 10,456 lbs


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.