Clean Energy: Savings for Homeowners (Part Two)


Our third video in the Clean Energy series features Jeffrey Perlman, president of New York City-based energy management company Bright Power and continues the discussion on energy savings for homeowners.

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1. Update your old boiler: Most older models run at about 80% efficiency; by updating to new condensing or controlled combustion models, energy efficiency can go up to 95%.

2.  Control your temperature: Install and use a programmable thermostat so that you are not overheating your home in winter or over-cooling in summer. Also, look for a new generation of thermostats such as the Nest, which can “learn” your daily routine and habits and program itself accordingly.

Programable thermostat

 3. Switch to renewable energy sources: The most common sources currently available for homeowners are solar and wind, but there are also options such as geothermal, hydro and others, depending on your local conditions. Solar power comes in two forms: solar water heaters and solar electric (or photovoltaic).

There are several options for homeowners to obtain clean energy:

  • You can have your own system for renewable energy installed in your home, whether partial or complete. There are incentives and tax credits available in many states and countries. Go to DSIRE and click on your state to see available government and utility company incentives for installing renewable energy and energy efficiency where you live.
  • You can select a company that will install a system in your home for no initial cost, and you pay monthly charges for electricity produced by the system, or you can have your system financed by companies like SunRun, Sungevity, Solar City and others.
  • Even without installing anything in your home, you can buy clean energy. In many states, you can choose to switch your energy supplier to a clean energy provider – the utility company will still deliver the electricity, but you can choose to support clean energy sources for the power that you buy. Even if this is not available in your area, you can choose to purchase renewable energy certificates to offset the power that you use.
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2011 Energy analytics provided by Clean Power Research

Part One of this episode focuses on the best types of home insulation, how to determine air leakage in your home, why you should update your heating and cooling system and other useful information for homeowners.

For our simple guide to energy and water savings see our article and video Savings for Apartment Dwellers.

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