You will probably be surprised at the range of options available to make your home greener. We’ve written this article to provide you with many tips and tricks that can help you enjoy all the rewards green energy brings.
When creating an outdoor light set up for a garden path or patio, think of solar powered lamps as an option. The solar lamps are relatively inexpensive and will not need any additional power other than direct sunlight. This not only saves energy. As an added benefit, you are spared the trouble of running an outdoor wiring system.
Instead of using A/C in the summer, wear natural fabrics. Fabrics, such as cotton, draw the moisture further from your skin and let it stay cooler. Wearing lighter colors will also help, because they tend to reflect light.
The government has grants available to those who are willing to invest in alternative renewable energies. Contact your local government for more information of programs near you. You could qualify for a no-cost wind or solar installation, or at the very least, receive a tax deduction.
Wash clothes with cold water, as much as you can. When you heat up water, you consume much more energy as opposed to using colder water. Most good quality laundry detergents work just as well in cold water. Don’t forget to wait until you have a full load of laundry to wash; that is the energy efficient way.
Investigate all of the energy sources your community has to offer. Compare costs and look up regulations on green energy and tax incentives. You may choose, for example, to go from electric to natural gas for heating, or using a well instead of city water.
Dry clothes outdoors instead of in the dryer during the summer. The sun could give your clothes an incredible smell. They will be fresher than clothes dried in the dryer. As well, you save quite a bit on monthly utility costs.
Don’t leave appliances that aren’t in use, on. When you leave a room, shut off the lights, TV, computer, game systems, etc. Try using a power strip so you can turn off all of your electronics at once, instead of letting power be wasted in standby mode.
Solar energy is a great way to get hot water at a low cost. Consider investing in a hot-water system that runs off of solar energy. There are direct circulation systems as well as indirect systems. If your pipes freeze when it’s cold, the best option is the indirect system.
It’s important to maintain your refrigerator properly. Refrigerators take up lots of energy, so making sure they’re in working order is always good to know. Clean the dust off of the heating coils on a regular basis. Check the door seal for dirt, debris and leaks.
Dressing in warm attire can be a great way to cut energy costs while embracing green energy. You will feel 2 degrees warmer with a light sweater, and 4 degrees warmer with a heavy one. Add a hat, scarf and gloves for even more warmth. There’s no reason you can’t bundle up in the privacy of your own home, so put on a sweater and cut down your energy bill!
You will find the advice given here to be easily implemented. No excuses need to be made for why you cannot get on board with green energy. Taking the time to green your energy will give you peace of mind, so make the changes today to enjoy the rewards, tomorrow!