The NY Times yesterday reported on something that regular visitors to this blog should know: retrofitting buildings is a great way to meet broader energy and climate goals (while also making good sense for homeowners!).
The article states:
“To anyone who has ever avoided a drafty window in winter, donned a sweater in midsummer while working in an overchilled office, or otherwise watched heat, light, water and other resources squandered for want of architectural forethought, the statistics should come as no surprise.
More than one-third of all global energy is consumed by, or in, buildings, which in turn account for about 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions….”
No need to overpay utilities or shiver in the dark. Energy-efficiency retrofits can make you more comfortable, safer, and let you invest in your home rather than the utility.
The article was prompted by a Green Jobs/Green New York bill that just passed out of the legislature. It probably means loans to help pay for improvements—but we’ll have to see how this gets implemented down the road.