Residential and commercial buildings consume over 40 percent of the overall energy usage in the United States. These buildings represent a big opportunity to reduce our nation’s overall energy usage as well as it dependence on foreign sources of energy.
The good news is that often times these buildings can have an energy retrofit on their home or building to obtain significant reductions in the amount of energy used. Many times this can be accomplished with a relatively small investment for upgrades. Going forward I am going to talk more specifically of residential housing.
Currently 71 percent of the homes in the US were built before 1990. This is significant in that the majority of these homes were built before stricter building codes were enforced. This means there are usually many areas in the home that can be upgraded to make the home more energy efficient, and as result, more comfortable. Areas that can be improved upon include air sealing, insulation, duct sealing, windows, doors and ductless HVAC systems.
I know most people are thinking that these improvements can cost a lot of money and they are right. The good news is that the government has policy that is making it more affordable, and quite frankly, it’s a no brainer. If you live in the Rhode Island you can log onto energizect.com to view your different options and of course we can handle the whole process for you.
If these retrofits are done properly, the money that is paid for the loan payments is offset by the utility savings realized. In this scenario consumers can upgrade their home, adding value to it, become more comfortable and reduce energy consumption with little or no money out of pocket. There is no real downside.
The best way to move forward is to get a professional energy audit of your home to find out exactly where your home is losing energy and what improvements make the most sense and will give both the highest return on investment as well solving any comfort issues in your home that you may have.
Remember, the longer you wait the more energy you will waste and the more money you will lose. Call MASS Retrofit Today at 860.238.3112.