January 5, 2010
- One idea is that an accredited buildings professional would come in to conduct an energy audit to determine where energy efficiency improvements can be made, help you decide on a plan of action, and then execute that plan. The expectation is that homeowners could get back 50 percent of what they spend up to a maximum rebate of $12,000.
- The other way to get government money is to buy an energy-efficient furnace, windows, or other component. There are federal rebates already available and several states also offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient appliances and more.
- Install a programmable thermostat.
- Weatherstrip windows and doors.
- Caulk the obvious leaks.
- Insulate your water heater.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs or efficient halogens.
December 23, 2008
Like many of you, my house has (had) an old furnace that I swear was a rocket engine taking off when it started up! Struggling with PG&E bills north of $600/mo in the winter, I was determined to change this consumption of cash and energy during my remodel. (Granted the single pane windows and minimal insulation were also contributing factors.)
So the furnace was one of the first items to go as the house was remodeled. I wrote earlier about Carrier furnaces, and their associated rebates. I actually took advantage of that, and saved an additional $1,100 with that offer when I purchased an Infinity model for just south of $15,000 fully loaded, installed with all new duct work. Anyway getting to the point here, my new Carrier furnace enables my house to have multiple ‘zones’ which enables me to save my energy consumption and stop the bleeding of dollars sent to PG&E each month.
What is a ‘zone’ you ask, and how does it work? A ‘zone’ is an area of your house that you define with your heating/cooling installer. A zone is heated (or cooled) to a certain temperature while leaving other ‘zones’ at a different temperature. I went with two zones in my house.
One zone is the family/kitchen/dining living space, and the second zone is Read more
December 15, 2008
What is orange, green, and good for a residential home remodel or improvement project? GetWithGreen thinks one answer is the ever growing inventory of Eco Option products located around the corner at your local Home Depot.
This past week Ron Jarvis senior vice president of environmental innovation with The Home Depot and GetWithGreen.com, sat down to talk about the Eco Options program, and retail trends in green home product market.
Ron’s home improvement career spans 23 years, starting early on with Lowe’s, followed by 13 years at America’s largest home improvement retailer, The Home Depot. For the last eight years Ron has been tracking energy products for the retail giant, and now leads the company’s Eco Options program, among other environmental initiatives, reduced energy consumption by stores, reduced waste and increased recycles as well as increased sustainability into all business functions.
Eco Options is Home Depot’s product labeling program that allows customers to easily identify products that have less of an impact on the environment. The 3,000+ products are located Read more