Interested in reducing carbon emissions at home?

Approximately 20% of total CO2 emissions in the US come from the residential sector. When you reduce energy usage at home, you can personally reduce your carbon emissions. Below are some ways to get started.

The Inflation Reduction Act provides homeowners with financial incentives for higher-efficiency equipment installs

Improve Energy Efficiency
Improving your home’s energy efficiency means the same work can be done with less energy, reducing the amount of carbon emission from your home.
Higher-Efficiency Equipment Upgrade
Not only will you reduce your carbon footprint, you may also qualify for up to $8,000 in rebates for a Heat Pump purchase under the High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act.
Zoned Heating & Cooling System
What if you don't need each room of your house to be the same temperature? Improve comfort and reduce unnecessary energy consumption by paring your HVAC equipment with a zoning system. Pairing a heat pump with a zoning system provides even greater energy efficiency.

Energy Efficiency Updates

Reducing energy consumption means less carbon emissions from your home.  Here are some low-cost ways to improve the efficiency of your home’s energy usage

  • Use efficient LED lighting
  • Eliminate air leaks with insulation (ex: attic, water pipes, windows)
  • Utilize a programmable thermostat that allows you to control the temperature of your home with ease simply by programming your desired settings.
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Higher-Efficiency Equipment Upgrade

According to the Department of Energy, you should consider replacing your system if it is more than 10 years old, as you can save 20-40% in energy costs. For maximum efficiency, look for equipment with the highest seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). This higher-efficiency equipment delivers premium performance with lower energy consumption. In addition, they often qualify for financial rebates. Specifically, heat pumps have become an increasingly attractive equipment option for those looking to significantly reduce carbon emissions at home. The recently-passed High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act will offer up to $8,000 for a heat pump installation. In addition, the Inflation Reduction Act includes a tax credit extension until Dec 31, 2022 at the previous credit levels and requirements. Beginning with products installed Jan. 1, 2023 through 2032,  new energy tax credits will take effect for qualifying equipment, including tax credits up to 30% of eligible expenses or up to $600 per appliance and $1,200 per year (up from 10% and $500 lifetime).

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What Is A Heat Pump?

In all climates, including those with very cold weather, heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to running an air conditioner with a gas furnace. Like your refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to transfer heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house. During the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your house to the outdoors.

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Dual Fuel Options

While heat pumps provide both heating and cooling, they have to work overtime at extremely low temperatures, which isn’t always the most cost or energy efficent solution. A dual fuel system is a great solution for colder climates with four seasons. Dual fuel systems take the best qualities of a heat pump and gas furnace to provide you with energy-efficient home comfort no matter the temperature outside.

  • Heat pump as the primary source of heat
  • Indoor Furnace only runs when heat pump cannot meet the current heating demand (Usually 40 degrees or less)
  • Utilizes existing ductwork and refrigerant line sets

Zoned Heating & Cooling System

Pair your HVAC equipment with a zoning system that allows you to heat or cool multiple areas of your home separately.  Pair a heat pump and zoning system for even greater efficiency. Many zoning systems are compatible with smart home assistants and can be accessed through a touchscreen hub or smartphone.

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Resources & Education

Energy Saver
There are financial incentives and assistance for energy efficient and renewable energy products and improvements in the form of rebates, tax credits, or financing programs.
Energy Star
There are financial incentives and assistance for energy efficient and renewable energy products and improvements in the form of rebates, tax credits, or financing programs.
Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
On August 16, 2022 the Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law with the largest climate investment in US History, including a focus on Energy-Efficient Homes and Commercial Buildings.
Energy Efficient Home Improvement tax credit
Also known as 25C in the Inflation Reduction Act, allows households to deduct from their taxes up to 30% of the cost of upgrades to their homes, including high-efficiency HVAC equipment, insulation, and upgrading breaker boxes to accommodate additional electric load. Upgrade costs include both equipment and installation/labor costs.
High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act
The High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act is a program within the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act. It offers historic support for clean energy, including significant incentives for homeowners. It provides a consumer rebate program of up to $8,000 for a heat pump installation.
The Office of Energy Efficiency
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is dedicated to improving the energy and material efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness of American manufacturing and the industrial sector.
The NEWSMakers Podcast: Decarbonization and the HVAC Industry
ACHR (Air Conditioning Heating Refrigeration) NEWSMakers podcast talks DeCarbonization with Mark Lessans, Sr. Director of Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at Johnson Controls.
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
C2ES introduced Climate Innovation 2050, which brings together more than four dozen leading companies to examine pathways toward decarbonizing the U.S. economy.

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