In this age, everyone realizes how important it is to be better stewards to the environment that surrounds us. Protect the environment and save money with green energy. Continue reading to find out several ways to utilize green energy in your home.
It is important to clean your furnace filter on a regular basis to be sure you are using as little energy as possible heating your home. Also install filters on air registers. Debris (and small toys) will not reach the heating ducts to clog the main filter.
When you can, wash your clothes using cold water. Having heated water in your washer can use up to nine-tenths of the energy required to run a washing machine. Cold water will do the job just as well; all you need is an effective clothes washing detergent. Also, be as energy efficient as possible by only washing full loads of clothing.
Use window coverings when you’re not at home. You will lower your energy costs since this will help keep your home nice and cool. More often than not, south-facing windows will let in the most sun due to their positioning. Try to cover the windows using coverings like roman shades, roller shades, and dark curtains.
When not being used, turn things off. Upon leaving a particular room, remember to turn of the lights, television, computer or even the entertainment center. Use a power strip for your home electronics, and turn it off when you aren’t using the equipment. If something is left in standby mode, it is still wasting power.
If you are considering the installation of home solar energy, make sure you are aware of how much energy you will receive during the winter months. This prevents any unanticipated effects from a winter months, and it keeps you ahead of the game for summer months. An even better benefit is that you can sell your energy back to the grid in the sunniest of times!
Use a tankless water heater instead of one that uses a tank. Tankless water heaters still require power to heat the water, but they heat only the water that you want to use, rather than heating a tank of water that you’re not always using. Tankless heaters come in various models that either supply a single faucet or the whole house with hot water.
As you can see, there are many ways to lessen your carbon footprint by making practical changes in the energy efficiency of your home. The savings alone could make it well worth your while!