It is our mission at Blueroof Foundation to educate consumers on how to reduce their energy and carbon footprint. In this post we want to focus on 3 things that homeowners can do that are quite inexpensive to implement and have a return on investment that is less than 2 years.
This is one of the easiest changes to make with a big impact. About 6-8% of our energy usage nationwide goes towards lighting. It’s a shockingly big number when you think about it. Most lightbulbs are still incandescent bulbs that Thomas Edison first invented, and they waste a lot of energy in the form of heat. LEDs are generally much cooler and emit almost the same quality and quantity of light. A typical LED bulb might cost around $4 and you will earn your money back in less than 2 years, while also reducing your carbon footprint for a long time. LEDs also have a long life which will result in reduced maintenance costs over time. Assuming you have 50 bulbs to replace, this is a simple and easy change to make for less than $250 for immediate payback.
This change might require a little bit of professional help but it’s well worth the trouble. Our personal favorite is the Nest thermostat from Google, but any brand should have the same impact. These thermostats are smart and can be managed from your mobile device via an app. They are called “smart” because they know when no one is home and they switch to eco mode to reduce your wasted energy consumption. During summers and winters these devices can easily save 12-15% on your energy bill. Lots of local utilities offer rebates and incentives that can reduce the upfront cost. Typically, these devices cost around $250 with an installation cost of $150. The return on investment for this device is also less then 2 years, and we strongly recommend you make this change.
Pool Pump with Variable Speed
If you have a pool, you have probably been frustrated by your electricity bill in the summer. The typical pool pumps are AC motors and they consume a lot of energy. Switching the pump to a variable speed DC motor will dramatically reduce your energy costs. A typical variable speed pump costs less than $1,200 in parts and an additional $750 in labor to install. It may sound like a lot, but these little pumps are so efficient that they can pay you back in less than 2 summers. This is another great investment to make if you are serious about reducing your home energy footprint and reducing your electric bill in the process!
Check back soon as we continue to share more ways you can reduce your energy footprint, including some ideas that are a little more expensive with a longer return on investment.