Info on reducing energy, tax credits, energy efficient product rebates
Environmental responsibility is everyone's responsibility, so Go Green
Screw in 5 CFL Bulbs
If every American did the same, the $3 billion in energy savings could light more than 15 million homes a year and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to 4 million cars.
Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency
Please note, not all ENERGY STAR qualified products qualify for a tax credit. ENERGY STAR distinguishes energy efficient products which, although they may cost more to purchase than standard models, will pay you back in lower energy bills within a reasonable amount of time, without a tax credit.
MN Center for Energy and Environment
The Center for Energy and Environment works to promote public interest through the responsible and efficient use of natural and economic resources.
Air Conditioners: Green buying guide
Low prices and high efficiency make room air conditioners an inexpensive alternative to central air for cooling one or two rooms.The key is finding the most energy-efficient model that fits your particular room. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/air-conditioners/buying-guide.htm
Air Conditioners: Select the right size to save energy
Proper sizing is very important for efficient air conditioning. A bigger unit is not necessarily better because a unit that is too large will not cool an area uniformly. A small unit running for an extended period operates more efficiently and is more effective at dehumidifying than a large unit that cycles on and off too frequently. http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/room-air-conditioners
Reducing Standby Power Use in Your Home
Limited research suggests that an informed and aggressive approach can reduce standby
use by about 30%. http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/3-easy-tips-reduce-your-standby-power-loads
United States Dept. of Energy
Learn ways to save energy and use clean, renewable technologies at home, while driving and at work. www.energysavers.gov/
United States Environmental Protection Agency
America is shifting to a "green culture" where all 300 million citizens are embracing the fact that environmental responsibility is everyone's responsibility. To help, you can sign up to receive EPA's new consumer newsletter, GO GREEN!
Seal the Leaks
Air leaks occur around windows, doors, light fixtures, and other wall penetrations. Plug leaks with weather stripping or caulk. See Minnesota Department of Commerce's Home Energy Guide Series. http://mn.gov/commerce-stat/pdfs/home-energy-guide.pdf
Test for Radon
Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless gas linked to lung cancer. A simple $10-$20 test will help you decide if mitigation measures are necessary.
Contact your gas utility to set up a low-cost home energy or home performance audit. A certified energy auditor will analyze your entire home and recommend cost-effective actions to reduce energy use and improve comfort. http://energy.gov/energysaver/home-energy-audits
Switch to 100% Renewable Power
Choosing wind power or other clean renewable energy sources is now an option for most electric utility customers. The total cost premium can be less than 1 cent per kilowatt hour. Contact your utility for details.
Clear the Air
Protect your home's indoor air by switching to products made with little or no volatile organic compounds - (VOC). Always look for low-VOC or no-VOC paints, primers, stains, sealers, plasters, caulks, and cleaning products. www.greenseal.org
Go Low Flow
Low flow fixtures reduce the amount of water without affecting performance. Add aerators to faucets, install low-flow showerheads, and consider low-flow or dual-flush toilets.
Green Building Products
An increasing array of environmentally preferable products are available for remodeling a home.
Compost Kitchen and Yard Waste
Minimize your garbage and feed your garden by composting kitchen and yard waste.
Green Your Yard
Plant native and drought resistant species to reduce maintenance and water needs. Minimize turf areas and consider low-water, no-mow species.
Protect surface and ground water resources by keeping rainwater on site with a rain garden and porous paving. Even better, install rain barrels and use the water for your landscaping needs.
Upgrade to ENERGY STAR
Save energy and money. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models and up to 300% less energy than appliances from the 1970s and 80s.
GreenStar Home Certification
is a robust above code renovation, addition & new construction program to the market. This program ensures healthier, more durable homes that save energy and water thus reducing the cost of living and improving comfort. https://greenhomeinstitute.org/greenstar/