Green Energy Information You Need To Know
Living green can produce a sense of pride because you know you are protecting the environment. That’s great, but are you aware of how much green energy helps you, personally? That’s right, green energy can save you money in energy costs. This article has some great tips for using green energy to benefit everyone.
Choose solar-powered lights when installing outdoor lighting in your yard. These lamps are very cheap, as they require no external power source, just the sun. This not only saves money. As an added benefit, you are spared the trouble of running an outdoor wiring system.
Use natural fabrics in the summer instead of turning up the AC. Moisture-wicking athletic fabrics pull moisture away from your skin, creating a cooling sensation. Lighter colors also make you feel cooler.
Use curtains to assist you in keeping green. If it is summer and you want the room to stay cool, draw the curtains during the day so that the sun doesn’t shine in. If it’s winter, and you want the room to stay warm, open the curtains and let the sun into your room.
Insulate your home. A pre-1950 home that isn’t insulated will use approximately 60% more energy than a house that was built after 2000. Adding sufficient insulation to your attic and basement will greatly improve your home’s energy efficiency. As well as keeping you warm in the winter, you will find that the home remains much cooler in the summer months, reducing the need for an air conditioner.
Turn your computer off when you are not using it. This includes anything connected to the computer, such as the printer. When these are on, even if in hibernate mode, they are drawing electricity. When you are done browsing or working, turn off the computer and turn off the strip plug to save electrical energy.
Support your local green energy providers by purchasing energy from them. You can check online to see if any of your local energy providers sell wind, hydro, or solar energy. By switching from the standard energy, you will send a message to your provider; you prefer cleaner energy. You will also be support the development of green energy in your area.
You can get rid of your old, tank style water heater and switch it out with a new, greener, tankless one. Tankless heaters require less energy to heat water, as they only heat it as needed. There are tankless heaters designed to not only provide one area with hot water, but also to heat entire houses.
A very easy and cheap way to save on your high energy bills is to try installing some low flow shower heads and faucets. Switching from the standard, 2.5 gallon/minute shower heads, to the low flow 1.5 gallon/minute ones, can help you save a lot with your hot water energy costs.
Take advantage of the sun by installing solar panels on your roof. These panels will harvest the energy from the sun and convert it into usable power for your home. Most energy companies will purchase any excess power that is created. You will discover at the least, a reduction in your power bill each month.
If you are uncertain with regard to expensive green energy updates for your home, have a heating expert or plumber provide an overview of the systems that you currently have in place. They’ll tell you the amount you’re losing due to inefficiency, and they will provide estimates on the cost to upgrade.
As you have read and can now tell, green energy is not just focused on the environment. It’s not only about you, but people all over the world as well. Going green not only saves you green, but consumes fewer natural resources, as well. Employ some of the tips here in your own household to reap the many rewards of a greener lifestyle.
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Catherine enjoys pilates, yoga and walking in the park at lunchtime. She enjoys cooking, hiking, and bird watching. She's considered a successful business woman, environmentalist, and an active member of the Central Ohio National Organization for Women (NOW).
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