A small but growing number of Americans are rethinking their homes to lower their carbon footprints in response to climate change. What does a lower-carbon home look like? It is basically all-electric, reducing reliance on fossil fuels such as natural gas and heating oil. It uses heat pumps for heating and cooling, solar panels and batteries for electricity generation and storage, induction ranges for cooking and chargers for electric vehicles. Smart meters and other technology help homeowners optimize their energy usage.
The thought of navigating the options to decarbonize your home might seem daunting, so we broke it down using research and guidance from the Rocky Mountain Institute, which deals in sustainability issues.