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Home Energy Guide: Energy  Efficient Lighting     

Buy ENERGY STAR appliances/other energy efficient appliances

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Home Energy Guide: Heating and Cooling: 

  • On average, Americans pay nearly $200 per month on utilities and fuels. See this link for a few simple changes that can make your home more comfortable, help you save thousands of dollars, and possibly increase your home’s resale value.  http://www.expertise.com/green/heating-and-cooling-efficiency-guide
  • Use the Department of Energy’s Energy Saver Insulation Tips

 

Reduce Your Water Use

Buy Renewable Energy (wind, solar, etc.)      

  • Sign up for MG&E’s Green Power Program: For every kilowatt-hour of green power you purchase, there’s a kilowatt-hour of electricity that won’t be generated with non-renewable fuels
  • Consider adding solar panels to your house or yard. Expertise.com has developed a guide that helps homeowners assess the pros and cons of solar power.
  • The Solar Action Alliance provides calculations around buying solar in Wisconsin.  You’ll see that with the continuing fall of the costs of solar, it is a very good investment, even in WI.
  • Or if you already have solar panels installed become a Clean Power Partner — sell your excess solar energy back to MG&E
  • Check out pages 4-6 of this Environmental Law & Policy Center Report for lists of solar and wind energy suppliers in Wisconsin

Compost

  • 7 Great Reasons to Compost by Green Living
  • Use Eartheasy’s guide for how to start your home compost pile and tips for successful composting
  • Composting helps reduce the amount of trash you send to the landfill
  • Composting on campus? See this quick composting guide for what to compost and where you can drop your compost on campus!

Use Green/Sustainable Tchniques for Designing or Remodeling a Home

Additional Tips:

  • Take shorter, colder showers
  • Use cloth napkins and handkerchiefs instead of paper ones
  • Print double-sided
  • Stock the printer with recycled paper
  • Send documents electronically whenever possible
  • Clean green- Many cleaning products contain toxic chemicals; use natural substances or green cleaning products instead. (Check out our Green Cleaning Products Page)
  • See chart at the bottom of the page for even more living sustainably at home tips!

GREEN ‘Tune-Up’

Payback Time in Years:

Added Cost:

Annual SAVINGS

10 Year SAVINGS

Return on Investment (ROI):

Programmable Thermostat –

0.6

$115

$180

$1,800

156.5%

Standby Power Reduction –

0.8

$20

$24

$240

120%

Compact Fluorescent Lighting –

0.8

$60

$80

$800

133.3%

Hot Water Heater ‘Blanket’ –

0.8

$25

$30

$300

120%

Shower Heads –

0.9

$180

$300

$3,000

111.1%

Heating System Tune-up –

1.1

$200

$180

$1,800

90%

Seal Duct Leaks

1.5

$450

$300

$3,000

66.7%

Dishwasher –

1.5

$20

$13

$130

65%

Water Filters –

1.9

$200

$104

$1,040

52%

Water Efficient Toilets –

2.0

$50

$25

$250

50%

TOTAL SAVINGS and Average Payback / ROI

Payback Time in Years:

Added Cost:

Annual SAVINGS

10 Year SAVINGS

Return on Investment (ROI):

See the Return on Investment rankings to help you decide…

1.2

$1,320

$1,136

$11,360

96.5%

 

GREEN Remodel

Payback Time in Years

Added Cost

Annual SAVINGS

10 Year SAVINGS

Return on Investment (ROI):

Solar Path and Garden Lights –

2.1

$375

$176

$1,760

46.9%

Windows –

2.3

$700

$300

$3,000

42.9%

Skylights –

2.3

$70

$30

$300

42.9%

Insulated Walls

2.5

$750

$300

$3,000

40%

Insulated Basement Walls –

2.5

$750

$300

$3,000

40%

Insulated Ducts –

2.5

$450

$180

$1,800

40%

Solar Attic Fan –

2.5

$500

$200

$2,000

40%

Replacement Light Fixtures –

2.7

$108

$40

$400

37%

Toxic Free Paints –

2.8

$70

$25

$250

35.7%

Faucets –

3

$300

$100

$1,000

33.3%

Water Heater Replacement –

3.1

$150

$48

$480

32%

Sealed Air Leaks –

$3.1

$554

$180

$1,800

32.%

Whole House Water Filters –

3.2

$1,000

$312

$3,120

31.2%

Whole House Fans –

3.6

$450

$125

$1,250

27.8%

Air Quality Whole House –

3.6

$450

$125

$1,250

27.8%

On Demand Water Heater –

3.8

$450

$120

$1,200

26.7%

Furnace Replacement –

3.8

$1,145

$300

$3,000

26.2%

Trees –

4

$1,200

$300

$3,000

25%

GREEN Remodel

Payback Time in Years

Added Cost

Annual SAVINGS

10 Year SAVINGS

Return on Investment (ROI):

Clothes Washer –

4.3

$300

$72

$720

24%

Recycled Mulch –

4.5

$172

$38

$380

22.1%

Ceiling Fans –

5

$300

$60

$600

20%

Insulate Attics and Ceilings –

5

$600

$120

$1,200

20%

Refrigerator –

5

$30

$6

$60

20%

Light Sharing –

5

$50

$10

$100

20%

Heat Pumps / AC –

5

$1,000

$200

$2,000

20%

Greywater – Small Scale

5

$300

$60

$600

20%

Bamboo Floors –

5

$525

$105

$1,050

20%

Cork Floors –

5

$525

$105

$1,050

20%

Window Treatments –

5

$300

$60

$600

20%

Carpeting –

5.6

$280

$50

$500

17.9%

Rain Water Collection –

6

$120

$20

$200

16.7%

Composting –

6.5

$325

$50

$500

15.4%

Decking –

6.5

$899

$138

$1,380

15.4%

Thru Wall Room to Room Fans –

6.6

$66

$10

$100

15.2%

Air Quality By Room –

6.6

$250

$38

$380

15.2%

Sun Tubes –

6.7

$300

$45

$450

15%

TOTAL SAVINGS and Average Payback / ROI Payback Time in Years Added Cost Annual SAVINGS 10 Year SAVINGS Return on Investment (ROI):
See the Return on Investment rankings to help you decide…

4.2

$15,814

$4,348

$43,480

26.8%

 

GREEN Advanced Systems Payback Time in Years: Added Cost: Annual SAVINGS 20 Year SAVINGS Return on Investment (ROI):
Dual Flush Toilets –

6.7

$150

$23

$450

15%

Smart Roofs –

6.7

$2,000

$300

$6,000

15%

Insulated Double Walls –

7.5

$900

$120

$2,400

13.3%

Radiant Floors

7.3

$4,000

$550

$11,000

13.8%

Thermal Mass – Floors –

7.5

$3,000

$400

$8,000

13.3%

Southern Overhangs –

8

$1,440

$180

$3,000

12.5%

Solar – Hot Water –

8.9

$2,500

$280

$5,600

11.2%

Geo-Thermal –

10

$30,000

$3,000

$60,000

10%

Cross Ventilation-

10

$1,200

$120

$2,400

10%

Southern Orientation –

10

$1,200

$120

$2,400

10%

Green Roofs –

10

$8,000

$800

$16,000

10%

Water Conservation/Retention Large Scale –

10.2

$2,200

$216

$4,320

9.8%

Solar – Electric –

10.8

$13,000

$1,200

$60,000

9.2%

TOTAL SAVINGS and Average Payback / ROI Payback Time in Years Added Cost Annual SAVINGS 20 Year SAVINGS Return on Investment (ROI)
See the Return on Investment rankings to help you decide… 8.7 $69,590 $7,309 $182,170 11.8%

 

From website: www.greenandsave.com/master_roi_table.html