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Caulking/Air Sealing

Caulking and/or weatherstripping your home is an inexpensive way to increase energy savings by 2.5% annually. So why not pull the trigger?
Source: http://behavioralwedge.msu.edu/

Clothesline

Save $60 annually if you line dry half of your laundry loads. You'll also reduce your carbon emissions by 1,000 lbs!
Source: http://www.terrapass.com/blog/posts/how-to-finance-2

Lighting

Save 4% off your electric bill by upgrading your bulbs to CFLs, or compact fluorescents.  If you're really serious - consider LEDs.
Source: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2009/10/23/0908738106.full.pdf+html

Insulation

Upgrade your attic insulation and save 7% or more off heating and cooling costs.
Source: http://www.environmentmagazine.org/Archives/Back Issues/September-October 2008/gardner-stern-full.html

Refrigerator

Save up to $125 cash by purchasing a new ENERGY STAR refrigerator. Money may be available from DTE Energy for recycling your old unit.
Source: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=refrig.calculator

Transportation

Based on the average American commute, if you carpool just once each week you could save yourself as much as $920 a year in car maintenance, insurance, gasoline and other costs.
Source: http://www.aaaexchange.com/main/Default.asp?CategoryID=16&SubCategoryID=76&ContentID=353

Air sealing/windows

Reduce drafts and reduce energy loss! Add weather stripping around windows and doors as part of sealing your home's envelope and you could save up to 10% on your annual energy bill.
Source: http://www.fypower.org/res/tools/energy_tips.html

Residential energy use statistics

Homeowner section graphic depicting impact of residential energy use comes from data provided by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Source: http://hes.lbl.gov/consumer/learn

Commercial real estate: did you know?

In 2007, ENERGY STAR buildings:

  • Sold for approximately 15% higher prices on a per-square-foot basis
  • Had higher occupancy rates
  • Earned more than 8% more in rental income per square foot
  • Saved 10-20% in operating expenses (on average, compared to non-ENERGY STAR buildings)

Source: http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/spp_res/LFES_Commercial_Real_Estate.pdf

Disclaimer

The information and recommendations from a2energy.org are presented in good faith and based on our research and technical expertise. The advice and data contained herein – and on all printed materials – are for informational use only. Estimations on savings should not be considered to be guarantees; savings will vary by property, climate and other factors. Always seek professional advice when in doubt and available. While all recommendations are believed to be correct, the City of Ann Arbor and Clean Energy Coalition provide no warranties and no promises of energy or cost savings, neither are they responsible for any damages of any nature resulting from the use of the information on this site.