CCOF donations support three carbon-offsetting strategies
Generate clean renewable energy
Energy from the sun can supplant much of our energy currently sourced from coal and natural gas. Solar energy generation is a highly viable solution in the Willamette Valley. Residential roofspace and capable local installers are available. .
Solar energy offers long-term energy cost advantages particularly for low to moderate income homes, avoids air pollutants during operation, loses little energy in distribution to its users, and can add to community resilience. .
As a general rule, every unit of energy locally generated or conserved by the consumer saves two units of fossil fuel-sourced energy.
Sequester carbon from the air
Legacy carbon emissions continue to circulate for decades. Direct reduction of atmospheric CO2 is best accomplished by trees and plants that store the carbon in wood and soil. Restoration of lands and planting for long term growth adds to our local carbon sink capacity. .
Additional community benefits include improved water quality for watersheds, reduced erosion, and direct participation opportunities.
Enhance energy efficiency
Insulation, duct sealing, lightbulb replacements, and weatherstripping are among the lowest hanging fruit in addressing energy consumption. Heat pump water heaters are entering the mainstream as original installations and replacements for conventional electric water heaters. .
While these residential items seem mundane, the efficiency gains and comparatively low costs translate to attractive short payback periods, comfort for the residents, and reduced carbon emissions. .
Installations and retrofits by local workers on low to moderate income homes, and decreased air pollutants are benefits for the local community.