Have you considered joining the green energy revolution, but don’t know what you need to do to get started? Does it seem as though it would be costly or difficult? Stop living in the past and start living in the future, by reading the tips laid out here, so you change life in your house for the better.
When you can, wash your laundry in cold water. Most of the energy used to wash clothes is actually used in heating up the water. If your detergent is of good quality, you should have no problems using cold water. Additionally, always wash with a full load of laundry, as this helps to lower the amount of energy you use.
Keep drapes drawn when you are not home. This keeps your home cooler naturally, reducing the strain on your air conditioner and saving energy. Southern facing windows receive the most sunlight. Use coverings on each of your home’s windows, such as roman shades, dark curtains, or roller shades.
If you have a dishwasher make sure you only run it when it is full. The dishwasher cycle uses the same amounts of water and energy, whether it is full or not. Make use of the air drying, energy-saving option on your washer.
Solar power can heat water for a low cost. Consider a solar water heater. There are direct circulation systems as well as indirect systems. The indirect one is your best option if you have to worry about frozen pipes in the winter.
If you love green energy and green living, consider using electric heaters less during the winter months. Instead, wear multiple layers, slippers and socks, or even consider investing in a stove or fireplace. You will breathe better during your sleep if the air is cool.
There are active and passive options for solar energy systems. While active power requires storage cells, passive power doesn’t. Active power uses solar panels, cells and mechanical systems. Passive energy is about using windows and insulation to keep your home warm and well-lit.
Use a laptop computer instead of a desktop, which uses more energy. This can cut up to 75% of your electrical use, especially if you are frequently on the Internet or using word processing software. Laptops are also portable which makes them much more functional and handy in times of need.
What do you have to do to make your home more green? The answers lie in the above article, but the onus is on you to begin utilizing the techniques that you have read. Start now, and you will be surprised by the benefits you will reap!