Reducing the amount of energy your home uses from the electricity company might be a lot easier than you think. With a few small changes, and maybe some big ones, you can reduce your carbon footprint and save some money at the same time. For some simple ideas, continue reading.
Just start using less energy every day. For example, when an appliance is not in use unplug it. Lights and televisions should be off when not in use. This can save you money and it’s simple.
Lower the cost of heating your indoor water, pools and hot tubs by switching to solar water heating systems. Using gas or electricity to heat water isn’t efficient. However, solar water heaters use the sun to make water comfortable and reduce energy consumption. While many of these upgrades have high up-front costs, they may qualify for tax credits or other rebates.
Shade the windows from sunlight to conserve energy in summer. Do this by installing blinds or curtains. Doing these things will let you use less air conditioning in the summer. You will save both money and energy in the process.
Instead of using A/C in the summer, wear natural fabrics. Cotton and other natural fabrics actually remove moisture from the skin, resulting in a cooler feel. You may feel warmer when you wear warm-colored clothing, so wear light-colored clothing in order to use the air conditioner less.
There are government grants available to help people invest in green energy. Talk to your local government and figure out what programs are in the area. You may be eligible for free wind or solar installation, or at the very least be allowed to deduct your costs when you do your taxes.
Be a better consumer of energy, and cut your home energy usage by unplugging your electronic chargers when they are not in use. Your charger still uses energy while it’s plugged in, even if it isn’t charging anything.
Do your laundry using cold water, if you can. Almost ninety percent of the energy used by a washing machine comes from heating the water for a warm or hot cycle. If your detergent is decent, cold water will be as effective as hot when cleaning your laundry. Only wash when you have a full load of clothes to put in the washer.
When you are preparing to install a solar energy system, ensure that the power storing batteries are located nearby to the cells. Power is less likely to be lost in cables this way. This also prevents the long cables from casting shadows over the PV cells.
Homes with storm doors and windows have better airflow than homes without these upgrades. Storm windows and storm doors reduce the amount of cold air entering the home in the form of drafts. Homes equipped with storm windows and doors can see an increase in energy efficiency of up to 45 percent.
Turn these ideas into strategies you can use in your own home to create a greener environment. Green energy helps protect our environment but also pays you back in household savings. Work slowly, and soon enough your home will become efficient and environmentally friendly.