Can I Afford to Make my House Energy Efficient?

| 8/28/2008 4:11:06 PM

We receive a lot of questions from readers about the affordability of renewable energy alternatives, such as solar and wind and other ways to conserve energy such as buying energy efficient appliances or adding insulation. 

They usually want to know if there are state or federal incentives and rebates to help them offset the costs.

There is a wonderful Web site run by the North Carolina Solar Center, The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE), which is an overview of state, federal, local and utility incentives, rebates, exemptions and loan programs in each state. Within each state’s sections are links to other offices and Web sites for further information.

If you are just beginning to gather information on the possibility of investing in a renewable energy system or upgrading your home to be more energy efficient, then you will want to spend time reading your state’s information on the DSIRE Web site.

3/16/2009 7:23:03 AM

recently,now day's we are using a solar energy to keep my house warm.this is not only cheap or good for also good for environment that is so needed for our polluted environment. we can also use wind energy for producing energy....

9/24/2008 10:00:09 AM

I have added a blown - in insulation in the attic of my early 1970's home. Should I put up batting between the roof joists as well? Would this keep the attic cooler in the summer? I didn't know if this would hold in humidity (I live in the South). I don't have a ridge vent system, only two large end vents at either end of the house. Thanks!

Scott Sr
9/9/2008 2:25:03 PM

Hello, I currently heat my home with oil hot air.Am looking for system for solar hot water that could be used with heat exchanger using blower on furnace. I do have very good southern exposure. South side of home is warmer than north side by many degrees. If anyone can provide info will appreciate. I have neighbors looking into wind generation But I would rather go solar. Thanks

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