Because there are a wide variety of green energy technologies available, there is an option for any budget and any schedule. The intent of this article is to provide you with different methods to use green energy at home and benefit from it.
Do you have a lot of land? If you own a farm, consider installing an energy turbine on your property, or renting land to a utility company for that purpose. You and your neighbors will benefit from free energy and this installation will not take a lot of space.
Check your furnace and air conditioning filters monthly. Clean or replace them as needed. Warm-air registers should also have filters installed on them. Having filters prevents debris from building up inside your heating ducts, which would hinder the energy efficiency of your heating system.
Wash clothes with cold water. Almost 90 percent of energy consumed by washing machines is used when heating the water. Washing clothes in cold water can be just as effective as a warm cycle, especially with today’s cold water detergents. Be sure to always do a full load of clothes when you wash.
A solar water heater may be a viable option in your home. This works best in areas where the temperature doesn’t drop below freezing. Solar energy systems circulate water through solar heaters and then pump it into the house. As is true with many solar options, you should keep your traditional water heater for times when there is not enough sun, or in case you need to use a lot of water.
During the summer months, think about using the heat from the sun to dry your clothes instead of utilizing a dryer. You’ll love how your clothes smell after being sun-dried. You clothes will smell clean and fresh when line dried. In addition, you’ll save money on your utility bills.
If you’re not using an appliance, turn it off. When an area of the home is not being used, make sure that all TVs, lights and computers are turned off. 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.
The advice you just read is easy to put into action, so stop making excuses and start adding green technology to your home right now. Taking a little time now to switch to green energy will pay off big-time in the future, for both your family and your planet.