TIP! You can reduce your energy usage by just reducing your electricity usage. When you are not using certain appliances, unplug them until you are ready to use them again.

Although many people have heard of green energy, it’s not clear what it is to most. If you want to know more about green technology or energy, you’re in the right spot. Read the tips and advice here to learn how you can make your home green.

TIP! Use a solar water heat system to lower water and heating costs. Solar water heaters use the sun’s energy to heat water resulting in energy savings.

Wear natural fabrics during the summer in order to avoid wasting energy on air conditioning. Cotton and other natural fibers, draw the moisture away from your skin, and allow you to stay cooler. You may feel warmer when you wear warm-colored clothing, so wear light-colored clothing in order to use the air conditioner less.

TIP! Replace and clean furnace filters yearly, and check them monthly. Installing the filters in warm-air registers is also a great idea.

Do your laundry using cold water, if you can. Almost 90% of energy consumption during clothes being washed is a result of the hot water usage. If you are using good quality washing detergent, cold water is effective. Only wash when you have a full load of clothes to put in the washer.

TIP! Use cold water for laundry, whenever you can. Almost all of the energy used to wash clothes is used to heat the water.

If you currently use fuel oil for home heating, ask your local technician how you can switch over to biodiesel fuel. Many systems will take a switch to some level of biodiesel without any extra parts or modifications. Biodiesel burns cleaner and more efficiently than conventional petroleum, reducing your home’s environmental impact during the winter.

TIP! Window coverings should remain closed while you are away. This will keep the house cool and reduce energy costs.

If you aren’t home, use a window covering. This helps to keep your house at a cooler temperature and lower the amount of energy used. South-facing windows get maximum sun. Make sure that all the windows are covered with dark curtains, blinds, roman shades, or whatever shade you choose.

TIP! Instead of using a clothes dryer, hang your clothes in the sun to dry in the summer months. You’ll love how your clothes smell after being sun-dried.

Purchase a solar water heater to warm up your water. Using a solar water heater to warm your water with the energy of the sun works to save money and energy. Yet make sure that you also have a regular water heater as well just in case the sun decides to not come out for awhile.

TIP! Turn things off when not in use. Whenever you leave a room, get into the habit of turning off lights, televisions, and computers.

When you are not using something, turn it off. When exiting rooms, turn off the computer, television or lights. Get a power strip so you can turn off all of your electronics at the same time, rather than letting energy get wasted in standby mode.

TIP! 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. This way, you aren’t beyond your capacity in the winter, and you have plenty of excess power in the summer.

Don’t run your dishwasher if it is less than totally full. A half load uses the exact same amount of water and energy as a full one. When it is time to do a load of dishes, use the dishwasher’s energy-saving mode. This makes it so that the dishes air-dry rather than being dried by heat.

Summer Months

TIP! Don’t use your electric heater when you can avoid it. Instead, wear multiple layers, slippers and socks, or even consider investing in a stove or fireplace.

Consider how many hours of sunlight you can expect in the winter as you plan your solar system, so that you know how much energy you can expect it to generate. This prevents any unanticipated effects from a winter months, and it keeps you ahead of the game for summer months. You may even get rebates from your utility company in summer months if you sign up for net usage and use solar panels.

TIP! A solar oven is a fun and effective way to reduce your energy needs for cooking. A solar oven can be made by using an old window, a box and for reflection, a piece of foil.

Take time to make sure to properly maintain the fridge. Refrigerators constantly use energy to maintain cooler temperatures. If it is not properly cared for, it will use much more energy than it needs to. Make a regular habit of removing dust from the refrigerator’s heating coils. Make sure the door seal is clean and also tight.

TIP! Trim your fuel usage by carpooling to more places than just work. If you live in a neighborhood with lots of children, try setting up a ride-sharing service, where you trade rides with other parents in the neighborhood.

Dress in warm clothes to cut costs! Wearing a sweater can make you feel two to four degrees warmer, depending on the thickness of the sweater. There’s no reason you can’t bundle up in the privacy of your own home, so put on a sweater and cut down your energy bill!

TIP! Replace old appliances with those labeled Energy Star. An Energy Star appliance is built to use less energy than non-Energy Star appliances.

Since you now have a better idea of how to use different green technology in your household to your advantage, you can slowly make efforts to change your home. Use these tips to start using green technology in your own home. Both your wallet and the environment will thank you.

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