Our energy costs are the predominant way that our homes impact our personal and our nation’s carbon footprint. It often feels like there is little we can do, short of building a new home, to offset those carbon expenditures.

In fact, there are some very simple opportunities to reduce your home’s energy use. First and foremost is to perform an energy use analysis for your home. As a first step, you can use Duke Energy-Progress’s Home Energy Analysis   to track your energy use and learn ways to save energy in your home.

Greenbuilt Alliance offers one of their signature programs, Greengauge  to have an energy specialist perform a scientificallly-based analysis using the US Dept of Energy’s Home Energy Score.

For those of you who are serious about improving your home energy’s footprint, you will find great support and direction by hiring a professional who understands the systems of home energy usage.  We are blessed in this area to be the home of Vandemusser Design . Amy and Matt offer an environmentally focusted design and architectural firm that understands and can communicate clearly the complexity of your home energy usage.

After the analysis its time to get to work making the improvements.

  • Replace your old lightbulbs with LED bulbs.  These high efficiency lightbulbs are one of the most cost effective methods of reducing your energy consumption.
  • Contact Energy Savers Network to see if you qualify for their energy efficiency and weatherization services.  This organization connects volunteers with limted income houses throughout WNC to reduce your homes energy use.
  • Join Arcadia Power.  Connecting your power bill to the Arcadia Power network directs your energy usage to invest in wind energy.  Free for a 50% allocation or  1.5 Cents per kWh for 100% wind energy.
  • Install solar power on your home. Asheville is blessed with a variety of solar companies that install solar electric systems (PV) and solar thermal systems (hotwater and home heating). Our  home system was installed by Sundance Power Systems, one of the pioneers in the area. Other companies that have 5 star ratings and great reputations in this area are Solfarm, Asheville Solar Company, Innovative Solar Systems and Sugar Hollow Solar.
  • Consider upgrading to a GeoThermal HVAC system.  Geothermal systems combine the ambient temperature deep within the earth to supplement your home’s heating and cooling performance.  Our home system was installed by Bullman Heating and many traditional HVAC heating contractors are available to install these systems.