Green Team

Simple Projects to Reduce Your Energy Costs and Consumption at Home Today

  • Get a home energy audit
    You can save up to 30% off your energy bill and 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year.
  • Replace regular incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (cfl)
    CFLs use 60% less energy than a regular bulb. This simple switch will save about 300 pounds of CO2 a year.
  • Move your thermostat down 2° in winter and up 2° in summer
    Almost half of the energy we use in our homes goes to heating and cooling. You could save about 2,000 pounds of CO2 a year.
  • Clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioner
    Cleaning a dirty filter can save 350 pounds of CO2 every year.
  • Install a programmable thermostat
    Programmable thermostats will automatically lower the heat or air conditioning at night and raise them again in the morning. They can save you $100 a year on your energy bill.
  • Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket
    You’ll save 1,000 pounds of CO2 a year with this simple action. You can save another 550 pounds per year by setting the thermostat no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Insulate and weatherize your home
    Properly insulating your walls and ceilings can save 25% of your home heating bill and 2,000 pounds of CO2 a year. Caulking and weather-stripping can save another 1,700 pounds per year.
  • Buy recycled paper products
    It takes less 70 to 90% less energy to make recycled paper and it prevents the loss of forests worldwide.
  • Plant a tree
    A single tree will absorb one ton of CO2 over its lifetime. Shade by trees can reduce your air conditioning bill by 10 to 15%.
  • Choose energy efficient appliances when making new purchases
    If each household in the U.S. replaced its existing appliances with the most efficient models available, we’d eliminate 175 million tons of CO2 emissions every year!
Savings from Going Green
Change Cost Savings CO2 Reduction
Energy Audit $15 Priceless ---
30 Light Bulbs 60W to 13W $50 $1950 (over life of bulb) 4.5 tons
3 Water Saver Shower Heads $90 $200 1 ton
2 Water Saver Faucet Heats $20 $443 250 lbs
Programmable Thermostat $60 $100 1 ton
Insulation on Hot Water Pipes $20 $25 300 lbs.
Seal Ductwork & Fireplace $20 $150 550 lbs.
Seal Attic with Box Insulation $35 $200 2 tons
Seal Windows $6 $80 1.7 tons
Recycle 50% Household Waste $0 --- 1 ton
Plant a Tree $50 --- 1 ton