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7 big upgrades to reduce your carbon footprint

These eco-friendly tips go way beyond remembering to turn out the lights.

These eco-friendly tips go way beyond remembering to turn out the lights.

When it comes to reducing your carbon footprint, every little bit helps. Changing your behaviors and adopting new habits like recycling can be a great first step toward making a difference. But if you want to do more there’s good news: there are lots of great ways to make an even bigger impact.

Here’s a countdown of upgrades that will bring your carbon footprint down:

#7: High efficiency appliances

Appliances are energy hogs: according to the US Department of Energy, they can make up 13% of the energy use in a typical home. Refrigerators are one of the biggest energy users because, well, you know the joke: they’re always running. Look for Energy Star options, which could be 30% or more efficient than your old old ice box.

#6: Heat pump clothes dryer

Heat pump dryers recycle the air that typically goes out of your dryer vent. By reusing this heated air, these dryers require much less energy—and also treat your clothes better. These dryers have been growing in popularity over the past few years in the United States, leading to lower prices and more models from manufacturers.

#5: Solar and backup batteries

There’s no greater energy source than the sun, and at this point solar is a tried-and-tested way of powering homes. Having backup batteries lets you store the energy your house generates throughout the day, and also means you never have to worry about going offline during a blackout.

#4: Heat pump hot water heater

According to the Department of Energy, heat pump hot water heaters are 2-3 times more efficient than standard hot water heaters. Plus, they typically take up less space than standard hot water systems. So you get more hot water in a smaller, smarter package.
For oil-heated homes, Sealed is proud to offer heat pump hot water heaters as an add-on to our Comfort Plan.

#3: Electric car

Having a car is still a necessity for many, and switching to electric makes a huge difference. If walking or biking won’t get you there, an electric vehicle can help spare the air.

#2: Swap oil for electric or geothermal

If you’re still using oil heat, switching to geothermal or electric heat from air source heat pumps is a big win. Not only does oil heat release 3 times more carbon pollution into the air than gas and electricity, it’s also inefficient. Oil heaters typically have an efficiency rating of 85% or less, and performance degrades overtime, which means that they can waste up to 30% of the fuel they burn.

#1:  Insulate and air seal your home’s attic, walls, and foundation

Heating, cooling, and powering our nation’s homes requires a tremendous amount of energy. Nearly half of the energy used by the typical home goes into heating and cooling!

Adding insulation and air sealing makes your house up to 30% more efficient: it’ll stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer while using far less fuel.

With Sealed, you can have this work done in your home by certified home performance contractors, with little or no upfront cost. So if you want to put a dig dent in your carbon footprint but not your wallet, give us a call. We’ll be happy to help design a solution for your home.

Want to learn more about making your house green and efficient with Sealed? We’d be happy to help. Give us a call at 888-985-7481 to speak with one of our experts.

1 – Brookhaven National Laboratory

February 3, 2020