Incorporating green energy into your home is an easy way to reduce energy usage, and save the environment at the same time. You don’t need to have an electric car, either! Read the article below for easy tips to live a green, energy-efficient lifestyle regardless of your budget.
Do you or your family own a farm? If you do happen to own some farmland, try renting some of the land to a power company that specializes in wind energy solutions. You and the neighbors can relish in the free energy and installation, if it doesn’t require too much space.
Clean or replace the filters on your furnace once each year, and check once a month to see if they need to be cleaned. It is also recommended to put filters on every register in your home. This not only helps keep debris (and kids’ toys) from entering heating ducts, which reduces efficiency.
Do your laundry using cold water, if you can. When you heat up water, you consume much more energy as opposed to using colder water. As long as the washing detergent you use is reliable, using cold water instead of hot water will wash your clothes just as well. Only wash when you have a full load of clothes to put in the washer.
Don’t run the dishwasher unless it is filled to capacity. Dishwashers consume a similar amount of water and electricity regardless of whether it contains one dish or 20. Make use of the air drying, energy-saving option on your washer.
Hot water can be obtained in a low cost, environmentally friendly manner through solar energy. Look into hot water systems that run by solar power. There are direct and indirect circulation systems available. Indirect is best if you have cold winters and worry about pipes freezing.
If you want to save energy on heating and cooling costs, install storm windows and doors. Storm doors and windows lessen the amount of cold air drafts that come in. Storm doors and windows can increase a home’s energy efficiency by up to 45%, which can have great impacts on utility bills.
Replace an energy-hogging water heating tank with a greener, tankless variety. While heaters that are tankless still need electricity or gas, they will not heat more water than you need, which is what a water tank heater does. You can purchase tankless water heaters that are small enough to heat one faucet, or large enough to heat your entire house.
Use electric heaters minimally in the winter. Rather, purchase some warmer clothes for your family and use a pellet stove or fireplace to heat up the living areas. By inhaling cooler air during the sleeping hours, your breathing will be better as your airways are less likely to get dry.
Try to learn about passive and active solar power. Passive solar power doesn’t require the costly power-storage cells that active power does. Active power will require a large installation process and can cost a great deal more. Passive systems simply use the sun’s energy to heat your house or water.
By making use of light bulbs that are energy-efficient, for example, you can find a lot of great ways to save energy. Set a good example for your friends and family, and show them just how easy “going green” can really be. Keep these ideas in mind and apply them wherever you can.