The options for going green can sometimes seem overwhelming to the novice. Does it seem like it would be a personal or financial hardship to go green? Now is the time to make the changes that you want to make. Forget about anything negative you might have heard about green energy and continue reading to learn more about this great technology.
The U.S. Government makes grant funds available as an incentive for consumers to start using green energy. Do some research with your local authorities and ascertain if they run any types of programs within your district. Some areas provide rebates for green energy product installation, or provide tax relief as an incentive.
Solar panels are easy to install and can collect sunlight for energy. However, there are several things to consider before making any decisions. The number one to think about is the amount of sun your home gets. If you live in an area with a lot of shade, or worse, a lot of cloudy days, you’ll be unable to make full use of solar panels.
Do you own a farm? If so, you can rent some property to energy companies for installing wind turbines. Everyone surrounding the area where these turbines are installed are sure to benefit, and the installation doesn’t take up that much space.
It is important to clean your furnace filter on a regular basis to be sure you are using as little energy as possible heating your home. Warm-air registers should also have filters installed on them. This will help ensure debris doesn’t enter heating ducts, thereby reducing your efficiency.
When you can, wash your laundry in cold water. Almost 90% of energy used for doing laundry is due to heating the water. If you are using good quality washing detergent, cold water is effective. Be sure to always do a full load of clothes when you wash.
If you use fuel to heat your home, ask a professional about using biodiesel instead. There are many systems that can switch to biodiesel with needing significant modification. Bio-diesel is more efficient and burns cleaner than conventional petroleum, which in turn, reduces the environmental impact from your home during the winter.
Use drapes or curtains in your windows for when you are not home. This cools the house and cuts energy costs. Usually the windows that face south tend to get more sun exposure. Use dark curtains, roman shades, roller shades or other coverings on all windows.
Consider switching to solar-powered water heaters for your home. If freezing temperatures are never a concern in your area, consider a system that circulates water through solar heaters before sending it into your house. Make sure you own traditional water heaters for backup during cold days.
During the summer months, think about using the heat from the sun to dry your clothes instead of utilizing a dryer. The sun will dry your clothing for free and the summer breeze will leave it smelling amazing. It is a fresher smell than you would get from the dryer. You will also save on your utilities bills by line drying your laundry.
Only using the dishwasher when it is full will save you money and energy. If you only have a couple of dishes, do not put them in the dishwasher and turn it on. You’ll be shocked at the amount of dishes it can hold. Place the dishes in your dishwasher so you can fit in as many dishes as possible.
So how do you go about altering things at home so that green energy can be put to good use? Here, you have been given some of the tools to start with. Now, it’s your job to use them to improve your life and help save our planet. You will be amazed at the results from small changes once you start!