Everyday people are taking steps to become more ecofriendly but perhaps the biggest step could be at home.
How "green" is your home? Better yet how do you measure "green-ness"? There is a company right here in Charlottesville that specializes in evaluating the performance and health of your house. "We take a look at how the house is running as a whole house system. That means its air quality, how much energy is it using, how much water is it using." says Russell Edwards of Cville-Enviro.
Cville-Enviro is a local company that can help trim the waste and cost of running your home with a green home audit. Through a series of tests they can measure the efficiency and air quality of your home. "The first test we run is a blower door test and it's a little bit like blowing up a balloon. We just put a slight pressure or de-pressure on the house. That exaggerates where the drafts and leaks are in the house." They run an infrared scan of the house to identify warm and cool spots or places that may need extra insulation. A duct blast test will identify any leaks within the ventilation or duct work. "We run an air quality monitor that tests for a handful of different things that are pretty key indoor pollutants."
After the tests, they prioritize cost-effective solutions to create healthier indoor air, improve your home's impact on the environment, and lower your monthly energy bills. "After improvements are made the average house sees energy reduction, cost reductions anywhere from 10% to 50% the average being 30 to 40%, something like that."
I had the chance to tag along with Russ during a green home audit and it was amazing to see how much energy was being wasted and much could be saved with minor adjustment or improvements to your home.