If you have considered green energy for a while, but are not sure where to begin, read on. Do you think it’s too difficult or costs too much? Don’t worry about what’s happened before today, just read this article and concentrate on what’s ahead for you, your home, and the environment.
It is fairly simple to have solar panels installed to tap into solar energy to use in your home. Before undertaking this project however, there are a few things to consider. The major thing you have to consider before going ahead with solar panels is the amount of sunlight your home gets over the course of a day. If your home is mostly in the shade, or if you live in a location that receives little sun, your power gain may be minimal.
Do your best to consume the least amount of energy possible in your home. Do things like unplug any electronic device that you aren’t using that may still be plugged into an outlet. All the chargers you use for mp3 players, cell phones, laptops and any other devices draw in some charge when they’re plugged in and aren’t being used.
Do you live on a farm? If you have a farm or know the owner of a farm, you may be able to rent some land to a utility company for installing a wind turbine. Everyone surrounding the area where these turbines are installed are sure to benefit, and the installation doesn’t take up that much space.
Use window treatments to shade the inside of your home when you aren’t home. This allows your home to be kept cool when you aren’t there, and in addition, it helps keep energy costs down. Try to close all your window coverings, but it is especially important to cover any south-facing windows. Install window coverings like heavy curtains, drapes, roman or roller shades, or blinds on all windows.
Instead of using the dryer in the summertime, hang clothes outside in the warm sunshine. The sun can give clothing an incredible smell. They will smell a lot fresher than being dried in the drier. Additionally, you will have substantial savings on your utility bills every month that you dry clothes outside.
Turn off appliances you aren’t using. Turn off lights, televisions and computers if you leave a room and have no plans to return. A power strip offers a handy way to shut down multiple devices at once, and it prevents passive electrical use due to standby modes.
Use electric heating sparingly in the winter. Rather, purchase some warmer clothes for your family and use a pellet stove or fireplace to heat up the living areas. You will breathe better during your sleep if the air is cool.
Be sure to learn more about passive and active solar power. Passive solar power doesn’t require the costly power-storage cells that active power does. Installing an active solar system requires more money and work, with panels and an entire system. Passive power uses the simple sun to generate thermal energy to heat your house.
If you want to “go green” and do your part to help save the environment, you have a lot of options. Perhaps you don’t have money to spend on making your home more green, but it is possible to start by maintaining smaller things, like clean filters and regulated temperatures. Reduce your water heat temperature to one hundred twenty degrees to save money as well. Every little thing you do helps!
So exactly what changes do you need to make in order to make your home a greener one? The information contained here shows you where to start, so it’s all up to you now. Once you begin, you will be very pleased with the results and glad you chose to go greener!