Cutting back on how many resources run your home can be easy. A couple of small changes (or big ones) and both your environmental footprint and your energy budget will decrease. Here are some places you can start.
Do you have a large plot of land? 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. You and the neighbors can relish in the free energy and installation, if it doesn’t require too much space.
Clean or replace the filters on your furnace once each year, and check once a month to see if they need to be cleaned. Warm-air registers should also have filters installed on them. This stops debris from blocking heating ducts.
Consider installing a solar water heating system. If you live in a region that is not at risk for freezing, it is possible to install a system that pumps water into a solar heater, then pumps it into your house. However, consider that you may still need a traditional heater if you will be using a great deal of hot water, or if the sun does not come out for some time.
If you utilize a dishwasher, avoiding using it until it’s filled up. The dishwasher uses the same energy when full that it uses when empty, but you’ll have to run it less often. When the dishwasher is used, it is also important to use the main energy-saving feature, which air-dries the dishes.
Replace your water heater and get a tankless model. Even though these green versions of water heaters still use electricity or gas, they only need it to warm the water you’re using instead of heating it at all times. There are various options when it comes to tankless water heaters, from heating enough water for your entire home to ones that only serve one faucet.
If you are a fan of green living and green energy, try using your electric heaters as little as possible during the winter. In order to do this, you need to do two things. First, buy the necessary clothing and slippers, to keep family members warm. Second, use a pellet stove or fireplace for heating. It is better to sleep in cooler air, it helps you breathe, and keeps your airways moist.
Find some way to incorporate what you’ve just learned into your life. It is the easiest way to drop your energy costs and more importantly, your energy demands. Even small changes can set you on a path toward a greener lifestyle.