Go Green, Save Money
November 11, 2013
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According to the United Nation’s estimates, the world population will grow to 10 billion people by 2060. If people today are concerned about the rapidly dwindling energy sources, this 40% increase in population will put an even greater strain on the world’s finite fuel supply. Some sources peg that oil reserves will be depleted within 46 years, while natural gas and coal will be used up by 2072 and 2128, respectively.
In response to this, the government has laid out programs like the Energy Star initiative to make the country more energy efficient. If you’ve shopped around for a new refrigerator or dishwasher, you’ve probably noticed the Energy Star logo. Only products that exhibit superior energy efficiency bear this seal, which helps consumers buy ecologically friendly appliances.
Aside from this, the Obama administration is also rewarding people for making their homes more energy efficient. For example, if you add insulation to your Houston home before the year ends, you may qualify for a 10% tax credit on the cost of materials up to $500. Since insulation prevents heat transfer, you’ll benefit from lower heating and cooling costs while helping the country conserve energy.
Since households are one of the biggest consumers of energy in the country, conservation should begin at home. Its rewards go beyond energy savings—it ensures a sustainable future for the next generation.