Energy efficiency is using a technology that requires less energy to perform the same function. So switching to LED light bulbs is a more energy efficient way to light a room.
Energy conservation is any behavior that results in the use of less energy. Switching the lights off when you leave the room is a way we can conserve energy. Conservation efforts require us to change our habits, without spending any money, yet the return on the investment of effort can be significant.
Where Do I Start? How Do I Prioritize Projects at Home?
Energy Audits: An energy audit is a service that identifies where you are wasting energy, and helps to prioritize projects to improve your home performance.
When you schedule an energy audit, a home inspection will include testing of the building envelope, and what opportunities there are to improve efficiency. This can include weatherization, improving the efficiency of appliances, windows, and/or HVAC systems. Some recommendations may cost little, such as an aerator for your faucet, or can include more significant investments such as new windows. New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program offers Energy Efficiency Rebates that help reduce costs for improving efficiency around the home. Before making any investments, you can conduct a do-it yourself energy audit and also calculate your return on investment for energy efficiency projects.
Weatherization: refers to making energy efficiency improvements throughout your home, which may include air sealing, or filling in cracks or gaps that let air escape, and/or adding insulation. In Jersey City, PACO offers free weatherization programs for qualified residents to help them save money on their utility bills.
Need assistance with landlords for improvements? Check the Jersey City Office of Tenant/Landlord Relations page for more information.