You, like many other people, probably don’t think a lot about the environment, when you are using many items at home. Unfortunately, everything that is done affects the environment one way or another. There are some simple ways to use green energy that will help your home and the environment. The tips that follow can give you a good idea about how you can use green energy to your advantage.
By cutting back on electricity use, you will save quite a bit of money. Unplug appliances when they’re not in use. Turn off the lights and TV when not in the room. This is easy to do and saves a lot of energy.
Do you have a lot of land? Companies are actually looking for space to put wind turbines in, and a small part of your property can be used as one of those spots. This will provide you with free energy with only a small space investment.
Dry clothes on a clothelines during the summer. In addition to the energy savings, you clothes will smell incredible. They’ll smell so much better than if you shoved them into a dryer! As well, you save quite a bit on monthly utility costs.
Get rid of your old water heater and put in a green, tankless one. Tankless heaters still use electricity or gas to provide hot water, but they only heat the water you actually need. You can get a tankless water heater to heat your entire home’s water supply or you can get a smaller one that heats only water that comes out of a particular faucet.
Fans of green energy should limit their use of electric heaters in the winter. Buy more warm clothing and use a fireplace to add heat to your home. Cool air while sleeping is better for your breathing.
One of the best ways to go green and cut energy costs is by dressing more warmly. Light or heavy sweaters will both provide you with additional warmth of up to 4 degrees. It is unnecessary to dress scantily at home, so pick up a sweater and save some money!
Use LED holiday lights to help with green energy use. LED’s have been shown to save a significant amount of energy. One study conducted by the Department of Energy found that if everyone in the U.S. switched to these lights, more than two billion kilowatt hours worth of power would be saved. That amount of power could run 200,000 homes for one full year. You can save money on your electric bill.
Carpooling doesn’t have to be just for work. Talk with other parents and try to arrange a carpool schedule so that you all take turns driving your kids to school. If you live near another family and friends, then synchronize your grocery shopping days and take turns being the driver.
Save energy by installing a new boiler. Previously, boilers were no made to be energy efficient; however, now they are. In addition to generating small amounts of carbon dioxide, which benefits your health, they can help to decrease your utility bills.
Use Energy Star rated appliances instead of your old appliances. Energy Star ratings mean that your new appliances are technologically built to use less energy than previous models. The amount of energy saved depends on the type of appliance. Refrigerators and freezers use 20% less energy, while dishwashers use 40% less. Washing machines use half as much energy as their non-rated counterparts.
You may not have given much thought to the environmental impact of your choices, and you are not alone in this regard. Yet you can now change this, now that you understand how to go green you can make the necessary changes in your life. Use all the knowledge you gained so that you can positively impact the environment, as opposed to causing a negative impact.