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Where do you stand? Knowing your current energy usage will help you to appreciate the potential benefits of greening your home. Having a benchmark will allow you to measure the difference between what you’re using now compared to after you’ve Greened!
To begin, determine your climate …..
Green strategies are different depending on your climate – what may work in Southern California could be the wrong approach in Minnesota for example.
So, where do you fit in these four typical types of climate?
- Hot and dry
- Hot and humid
- Cold and dry
- Cold and humid
This will have an impact on the types of building materials you choose (insulation, windows and doors, roofing, and so on) what types of plants are best for your area, as well as what kinds of clean energy you can generate.
Now, take stock of how much energy you consume. A quick way to determine this is to gather up your utility bills—preferably for a year or more. Add up what you’re spending on the various types of utilities:
- Electric – figure out total and average kilowatts(KW)
- Gas – Cubic Feet or Therms or Gallons
- Heating Oil – Gallons
- Water – CCF (1CCF= 748 gallons)
Energy star yardstick
Determine your current energy and water consumption, tuck this information away so that you can refer back to if once you’ve lived in your new, energy efficient home for a time and be amazed at the savings you’re achieving!
Get the kids involved!