Are you the type of person who wants their impact on the environment to be minimized? Does it seem as though it would be costly or difficult? Let go of your past difficulties with green energy; instead, follow the tips you’re about to read so you can improve your home now and in the future.
Simply cleaning or changing the filter on your furnace can cut electricity costs significantly. Too much dirt or dust built up in the vents can make more heat necessary to warm the house. It only takes a short amount of time to clean these, and you will notice the change in your bills!
If you are planning on installing solar panels, understand the amount of maintenance required. You have to keep the photovoltaic cells clean. If the cells are installed on your roof, this could mean climbing all over your roof as often as once a month. If you are not able to do that, you’ll need to hire someone.
When you purchase new appliances, like refrigerators, ranges, and washing machines, look for the Energy Star label. The United States Department of Energy recommends these products because they save energy. You will also save money by using them. Products that are energy efficient will usually have a star on them.
When you are working at home on your computer, take the time to turn it off along with the printer and any other speakers or accessories attached to it. These constant drains on your cost you a bundle in the long run and make your overall impact on society less green.
Dress more warmly to be green and reduce energy costs. 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 do not need to use the lights in your home, turn them off. This includes when you are not even at home. When the lights are left on, they use a lot of energy, which is not only negative for the environment, but it is also negative on your wallet.
Use LED lights on the holidays to save electricity. The use of LED lights reduces the use of electricity according to research. The Department of Energy says that if everyone did this, the country would conserve more than 2 billion kilowatt power hours. This electricity could power more than 200,000 houses for a year. An additional benefit to using LED lights is the savings you will receive on your electric bill.
Make use of the natural sunlight for great green energy savings. Install solar tubes in your home which take the light from outdoors and bring it inside so you do not need to use lamps and other lighting sources as often. These are relatively inexpensive and are great for increasing the value of your home.
What steps should you take to help you take advantage of green energy at home? You now have an arsenal of tips at your disposal! You will be amazed at the results from small changes once you start!
He is a fitness coach, musicologist and ethnomusicologist. He is a National Fitness Trainer, in Indonesia, and University Professor, Emeritus of the Department of Composition and Theory, the College of Music of the University of Jakarta Indonesia.