Green Energy Changes

Small Green Energy Changes Have a Big Impact

Day to day living does not always consider  the environment. But our actions each day affect all of those around us. There are lot of ways to use green energy that to make your house more energy efficient.  Follow some of the provided tip to lower your energy costs and help conserve energy on the planet.   solar-panel

Outdoors, solar-powered lights are great for use in patios and along paths. The energy is generated by the sun, which is a free power source.  These types of lights are usually less expensive and very easy to install.  No wiring is involved.  solar-hanging-light

You could also incorporate  solar panels   on the roof of your home, or other exterior building.   You would collect the energy from the sun for free.  Some things to consider before you go make a huge investment in a solar panel, is do you receive alot of sunlight around your house most of the day? or do you have lots of trees that would block the sun.  Ideal conditions for a solar panel would be lots of daily sunlight.

Keeping your furnace filter clean on a consistent basis is also importan.  You will use more energy if you have a dirty filter.  Consider putting a filter in vents too, this will collect more debris and dirt that won’t reach your furnace filter.

TIP! Check what other energy sources are available in your neighborhood.

If you are a farmer or have a large area of land that isn’t in use you can rent out a portion of your land.  When an energy turbine is installed on your land, you will reap the benefits of not only a monthly rental agreement, but can tap into this energy for your own home consumption. Getting nearby neighbors on board can also be beneficial.  wind-turbine-on-a-farm

Using fuel oil is not as efficient as biodiesel oil.  This is mor efficient and burns cleaner.

If you are in an area where the temperature is consistently above freezing you could consider solar water heaters as opposed to traditional ones. Solar energy systems will circulate the water that has been heated by solar.  into the house. You will still want a backup source if you have high hot water volume days.

The dryer is another energy sucker.  Instead of throwing the load into the dryer, opt for the age-old routine of hanging your clothes on the line to dry.  You get the sweet smell of outdoors without using any energy.

TIP! One of the best ways to go green and cut energy costs is by adding layers. You will feel 2 degrees warmer with a light sweater, and 4 degrees warmer with a heavy one.

When electrical items are not in use….turn them off.  Utilizing a power bar can turn off multiple sources at once.  It goes without saying that you should turn off any lights in rooms that aren’t being used.

Computers are notorious for using lots of energy.  Desktops are worse than laptops.  If you work from home you can save up to 75% of electrical usage by making this switch. Not to mention a laptop is portable, which allows you to go to the nearest coffee shop and use the internet.

TIP! Pay attention to any federal or local rebates offered for making alternative-energy updates to your home. Sometimes, your local utility company can give you a rebate based on what the upgrades cost.

Some home products like double glazed windows, and doors will help conserve energy in your home.  They also block out excessive noise pollution from neighbors.

Once you become aware of your energy habits it is much easier to begin implementing small changes that will have a big effect on your energy consumption.  Start small and move onto bigger changes as you feel comfortable.