As homeowners, we understand the appeal to have the best gadgets and gear to help with daily chores and life. For example, the dishwasher saves us hours of time spent over a sink with rubber gloves, the leaf-blower provides a similar benefit over using a manual rake. It wasn’t until recently that we really discovered that we needed to start asking ourselves what the carbon cost of these items might be, and how to prevent waste. There’s a lot to unpack here, but if you can get through it, you’ll be one step closer to making your home carbon neutral, and saving a ton of money in the process.
This week, we’ll take a holistic view of the home’s energy consumption, and see if we can uncover an opportunity or two in eliminating our own carbon footprint.
To start, we need to have a fundamental understanding of which appliances use the most energy in our homes. Here are a few articles to help guide you in the right direction:
- Use of Energy Explained, EIA: https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/use-of-energy/homes.php
- What Uses the Most Electricity in My Home?, Direct Energy: https://www.directenergy.com/learning-center/what-uses-most-electricity-in-my-home
- What Uses the Most Energy in Your Home? (w/helpful infographic), Visual Capitalist: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/what-uses-the-most-energy-home/