7GA Personal Climate Action Center Action of the Week!
There is so much work to do to heal our planet that it can feel overwhelming to determine where to start. That’s why 7th Generation Advisors launched the Personal Climate Action Center, a new initiative designed to encourage people to take individual action against climate change.
Each week we provide one action item for you to take to reduce your carbon emissions. Along with this weekly tip you will find over 80 actions on the Personal Climate Action Center website, where you can sign up and pledge to TAKE ACTION!
Week 19: Action of the Week
Do an Home Energy Audit
Many utility companies offer free home energy audits so you can learn where your home is poorly insulated or wasting energy (and your money!). There are also home energy technician auditors for hire that can give you a comprehensive audit.
Things that the energy assessment will look at include: outside spaces where energy may be leaking; potential leaks in the attic; assessing the efficiency of the insulation; holes where electrical lines pass through; assessing your furnace and water heater; inspecting duct work to make sure all ducts are sealed tightly; window and door efficiency measured through a blower door test; kinds of light bulbs used; and more.
Once your audit is complete, you’ll know exactly what can be done to make your home more energy efficient. While there are up-front costs to make these improvements, over time that money will go back into your pocket and will eventually help you save money over the long term. In fact, upgrading your home can help you save 5-30% on your energy bill!
At 7th Generation Advisors we are diligently working with scientists, policymakers, activists and clean tech companies to create a clean energy economy for all, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to protect all living things seven generations into the future. We care about the future of our planet. Will you join us?