Today we understand how much of a role each and every one of us plays in helping the environment become a more sustainable place to live in. One way to take better care of the environment and save you money as well, is by using green energy in your home. This article introduces new ways to prioritize green energy at home or work.
When battery chargers and other electronics are not in use, unplug them. Even if you are not charging your laptop, cell phone or mp3 player, just having it plugged in uses energy.
Are you a farmer? If so, you can rent some property to energy companies for installing wind turbines. You will reap the benefits of this energy and the space needed is minimal.
When doing laundry, try to use cold water. Almost 90% of energy consumption during clothes being washed is a result of the hot water usage. Good detergents wash clothes even in cold water. Another great tip is to always fill up the washer with a full load so that you’re being as efficient as possible.
Think about buying solar water heaters for heating your water. If your location does not get too cold, purchase a system that puts the water in a solar heater prior to coming to your home. However, consider that you may still need a traditional heater if you will be using a great deal of hot water, or if the sun does not come out for some time.
Using the sun to heat your water is very cost effective. Get a solar hot-water system. You have a choice between both an indirect or direct circulation system. The indirect system is best if you don’t want to worry about your pipes freezing in the winter.
Get rid of your old water heater and put in a green, tankless one. Instead of keeping a whole tank of water hot at all times, tankless models only heat the water you are actually going to use. You can get a tankless heater that will supply the whole house or one that supplies a single hot-water faucet.
In winter, save energy and money by turning down the heat and adding a layer of clothes. A sweater that is heavy adds 4 more degrees of warmth, and a lighter sweater adds 2 degrees. It’s not necessary to wear so little at home, so out on a sweatshirt and save some cash!
Try to learn about passive and active solar power. Activer solar power lets stored energy be used later, while passive power doesn’t require expensive storage cells. If you use active power, you will need to install mechanical systems, solar panels and cells. Passive power, on the other hand, stores the power in your walls and allows it to radiate outward, heating your home.
Build and use a solar oven to bake outdoors and save energy. You can make one from an old window, cardboard box, and tin foil. Solar ovens can get hotter than 300 degrees, and doesn’t use any energy source besides the sun, so you are reducing your carbon footprint and saving money.
If you are seeking better ways to care for the environment, then hopefully you will incorporate some of these ideas you have read about today. The money that you save might well make it worth the time you have invested in the changes.