Reconfiguring your home to use less energy is easier than it has ever been before. A couple of small changes (or big ones) and both your environmental footprint and your energy budget will decrease. The article below will give you some ideas and suggestions that will help you get started to becoming a greener consumer.
Do you have your own farm? If you have one, an energy company may be interested in renting a portion of the property to install a wind turbine. You and the neighbors can benefit from this free installation and energy which won’t take up much space.
Replace and clean furnace filters yearly, and check them monthly. Adding filters to your warm-air registers is not a bad idea, either. This can prevent anything from getting caught in the ducts.
During the summer months, think about using the heat from the sun to dry your clothes instead of utilizing a dryer. In addition to the energy savings, you clothes will smell incredible. They will be fresher than clothes dried in the dryer. Also, your utility bills will be greatly decreased.
If you use a dishwasher to clean your dishes, do not run it until it is completely full. It consumes the exact same amounts of electricity and water even if it’s not full. Also ensure that it is set to air-dry if you are aiming to reduce your energy consumption.
Plan out and calculate your energy consumption rates for your home solar system for the winter months so that you know what you can consumer on a daily basis. You will avoid unpleasant surprises during winter, and you will also ensure your energy needs are met in summer. An even better benefit is that you can sell your energy back to the grid in the sunniest of times!
An easy way to cut energy costs and go green is to dress warm. By simply putting on a sweater, you can improve your heated temperature by between 2 to 4 degrees. You don’t have to worry about wearing too little at home so consider getting a sweater to save money.
If you are on the fence about whether to invest money in green energy for your home, have your existing equipment examined by professional plumbers or HVAC experts. They can give you estimates on how much energy you are wasting, as well as how much it costs to upgrade.
Think about baking with a solar oven. Common items, such as a heavy cardboard box, some shiny foil and an old window are all that you need. Solar ovens can be heated over 300 degrees and only use the sun for energy.
Check and manage your watt usage. Watt Minder and Kill-A-Watt are both tools that help to monitor energy consumption. You can plug in various devices into these devices and see how much energy that item uses for periods of time including a hour, month, and even a year. This will show you the cost of your appliance.
If you, like many other people, wish to lead a greener life in order to help save our environment, there are many things you can start doing now. Simply cleaning filters in the furnace and setting temperatures lower can help! Reduce water heater temperatures to 121 degress or less to save money. Just little changes can help.
Find some way to incorporate what you’ve just learned into your life. You will soon start saving a lot of money and help save the environment at the same time. Just take one step at a time. Soon you’ll be running a much greener home than you ever expected.