Elisa Wood writes on her Blog about Energy Efficiency in existing housing. She has a report on this covering countries around the world, not just the U.S.
The report again has some numbers showing how improving the energy efficiency of existing homes, is the best approach to decreasing energy use for the dollar. Building new electrical generation units is expensive. You can build coal, nuclear, wind, solar, all cost between 9 – 12 cents per KWH of capacity. Improving energy efficiency in homes costs about 4 cents to provide that KWH of capacity.
The best part is what you don’t get from the electric company, keeps money in your pocket. The question then becomes: “How Do I Determine which improvements are best for my house?”
You need to consider an Energy Audit from a Certified Auditor. You will get a computer modeled Energy Efficiency Plan, specific to your house, showing the cost savings for each proposed improvement.
A Certified Energy Auditor can help you access financing. In Kansas that is the Efficiency Kansas Program or a VA, FHA approved Energy Improvement Loan. Start with an Annualized Utility Analysis. Find out how your house is doing. Details on the Contact Page of the Website.
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