A Great Green Resolution: Cut your Carbon Emissions

Reader Contribution by Staff

It’s time to think about New Year’s resolutions again. This year, why not resolve to go on an energy diet? The idea is to set a few measurable goals to make your home more energy efficient in 2008 and then keep track of your progress. Not only will you save money by reducing your energy bills, you’ll be protecting the environment by reducing carbon emissions and other pollutants that come from burning fossil fuels.

How can you get started? Here are two books and two Web sites that will help you measure and then reduce your home energy use.

Web Resources. One good place to start is the Climate Crisis Web site, where you can calculate your carbon footprint, and then find lots of suggestions for how to start reducing it.

Another resource I find very useful is The Half Plan section of BuilditSolar.com. The great thing about this site is that it shows you the exact steps one household followed to cut its energy use in half, and tells you exactly how much money and energy they saved by doing each project. 

Helpful Books. Both of the books below are on my own bookshelf, and both are packed with good ideas for saving energy. You may be able to find them at your local library, or click on the links below for sources where you can purchase them.

Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to lose 5,000 Pounds, by David Gershon The Home Energy Diet: How to Save Money by Making Your House Energy Smart, by Paul Scheckel

Are you finding new ways to save energy at home? You can share your experiences in the comments section below.