Millburn Green Challenge 2010
Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Efficiency: Reduce your Home’s Energy Consumption

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  • The United States EPA estimates that homeowners can typically save up to 20% of heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% of total energy costs) by air sealing their homes and adding insulation in attics, floors over crawl spaces, and accessible basement rim joists. This estimate is based on energy modeling of cost-effective improvements made to 'typical' existing U.S. homes with a weighted composite of characteristics.
  • According to the EPA, a typical New Jersey homeowner replacing single-pane clear-glass windows with energy star qualified windows can save a $410 a year; replacing double-pane clear-glass windows with energy star qualified windows can save $75 a year. (The methodology employed assumes a 2,000 square foot, single story, detached house with 300 square feet of window area (15% of floor), gas heat and electric air conditioning with certain default operational assumptions).
  • An energy star qualified window will typically be double-paned, with low-e glass coating and an inert gas between the panes.
  • NJ has incentives for home energy efficiency and will fund up to 50% of such home improvements up to $10,000

Green Challenge:   Pledge to implement two of the home energy efficiency recommendations:

  • Install and use a programmable thermostat.
  • Use a flue balloon or energy-saving top sealing chimney damper.
  • Use weather stripping to seal up cracks and stop drafts on windows and doorframes.  Use caulking to seal around gaps in windows and door glass.
  • Enable computer monitor sleep mode while you are away.
  • Replace older windows with newer, more efficient models.
  • Install vacancy sensors in children's rooms, bathrooms or basement.  Vacancy sensors are a very inexpensive way to cut down on energy usage in spaces that get little traffic or do not need constant lighting.  Vacancy sensors can be set so that lights may be manually turned on or off as required, but automatically turned off after a programmed amount of time has elapsed with no motion detected.  Replacements for switches can be found here.
  • Add or replace attic insulation as necessary.
  • Install storm doors and windows if you don't have them.
  • Install an Attic fan (solar powered if possible).
  • Seal leaks in my home's duct system.
  • Use smart power strips.
  • Add foam insulation to electrical outlets and switches on external walls.



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