Sustainable pioneer David Johnston focuses on easy changes you can make with your appliances, air exchange, insulation and even windows that will pave the way to dramatic savings. David shares his over 30 years of experience with the folks at inhabitat and gives us a snapshot of some of the best ways we can reduce our energy consumption by up to 50%!
I've pulled out segments from his interview, but make sure to head over to Inhabitat to read the whole interview!
1. Focus On Small Steps
"When your family’s energy bill is running high, there are a number of quick and easy changes that can be made that focus in on changing day to day habits. Every household should start noting how much energy is used per room per day, looking at how and how many rooms are being lit up at night, what appliances are running and the like. As we all know, one of the easiest changes you can make is swapping out your energy hungry incandescent bulbs for green picks such as LEDs..."
2. Get An Energy Audit
"Every house in America is under-insulated, and 120 million of these homes are in such a state that a thorough energy audit is warranted. Air leaks account for 25-30% of an average energy bill, and this is one of the most profound steps that you can make for the betterment your home’s comfort and reducing the amount of your monthly bill..."
3. Don't Worry About Over-Insulating
"A common fear of those looking to upgrade their home is that if they tighten homes up too much, they will find themselves in a dangerous and unhealthy living environment. The reality is that anytime you burn something in a house, you need oxygen – this includes water heaters, stoves, furnaces and more. Given that every house will find air leaks one way or another, this shouldn’t be a concern for most..."
4. Prioritize Sealing Your Home
"Sort out your air exchanges. Make air exchange your number one priority. Reducing the intake and outtake will give you the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to cash savings and comfort in your home..."
5. Invest In New Windows
"The new technology being applied to windows is nothing short of amazing, and there are four types of windows that you should reference if and when you decide that this is the right choice for you: Single pane windows, Double pane windows, Low-E windows and our new favorite, Super Windows. In practice windows are each given an R rating signifying their level of insulation (note that wall insulation will carry a rating of between R19-R20)..."