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10 November 2008

What do you think is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in our country?  If you, like many Americans, answered transportation, think again – it’s the family home.

“Many homeowners don’t realize that a typical house releases almost twice as much carbon dioxide annually as a typical car. But when you consider the energy needed for heating, cooling, lighting and appliances, it becomes apparent that today’s homes can be real ‘energy guzzlers.’ The good news is that there are ample opportunities for homeowners to assess their homes’ energy use. Energy-efficiency upgrades not only reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, but also lower home energy bills.” Link

One of the most impactful changes that a home can make is updating insulation.  According to the Harvard University School of Public Health, as of October 2007, 65% of American homes were under-insulated.  That means higher energy bills, more pollution and a more uncomfortable winter for most.  Don’t know if you have enough insulation?  Get a cheap energy audit from your utility and find out how much you stand to save.  The Center for Energy and Environment offers low-interest loans for homeowners to help with projects such as insulation.

:: Green Energy News

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