All of us rely on energy to live comfortably, but our modern lifestyles also come at a price. Most of our energy still comes from the burning of fossil fuels, which emits pollutants into the atmosphere that can negatively impact health. If people conserve energy in their daily lives, energy bills will be reduced while simultaneously reducing air pollution at the source. There are several ways individuals can conserve energy while improving efficiency and saving money:
- Choose high-efficiency appliances
- Install a programmable thermostat. The U.S. Dept. of Energy estimates that they save 1% on energy bills per degree set-back (per 8hrs)
- Change HVAC filters regularly.
- Look for EnergyStar Products. These products are chosen by the EPA because they have been certified to reduce pollutants
- Make use of natural lighting and use energy efficient CFL or LED bulbs
- Another subtle way to reduce pollution is by sealing air leaks around windows, doors, attics and basements using caulk, spray foam and or weather stripping
- Adding extra insulation in the attic and basement will prevent excess heat loss in the winter and excess heat gain in the summer
- Consider upgrading old windows with Energy Star residential windows. These windows will help reduce energy bills up to 15%.
- If you are not able to upgrade your windows, consider purchasing window film. Window films block heat and UV from entering your home which results in lower energy bills
- Recycling will reduce consumption of raw materials which in turn will reduce air pollution at the source
Visit www.energysavers.gov/tips for additional ways you can reduce your energy consumption while maintaining comfort.
Clean Renewable Energy
Currently the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity offers a Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program. This program is designed to promote the utilization of smaller-scale solar and wind energy systems in Illinois. Homeowners, businesses, public sector and non-profit entities are eligible for the program. This program offers incentives up to 30% of total project cost for residential and business applicants, and 50% for public sector and non-profit entities. For more information go to: Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program
Metro East Community Air Project
1 Regency Plaza
Collinsville, IL 62234