If you are curious about greener energy sources, and how they apply to your life and home, this article will shed some light on the many benefits of green energy to both your finances and the environment. These following tips will make you more aware of some of the many energy saving things you can practice in your home.
Use a solar water heat system to lower water and heating costs. Heating water with electricity or natural gas is not very efficient, but solar water heaters harness energy from the sun to keep water at a steady temperature. Certain upgrades, though expensive, qualify for specific tax deductions.
Do your best to keep your windows shaded from any sunlight. Curtains or blinds can also be used to do this. Doing these things will let you use less air conditioning in the summer. Energy and money are both saved this way.
Replace or clean your furnace filter at least once every 90 days, and check it once per month for build-up. Also install filters on air registers. This not only helps keep debris (and kids’ toys) from entering heating ducts, which reduces efficiency.
If you have a dishwasher, do not turn it on until it is full. No matter how many dishes you have in there, it still uses the same level of energy. Make sure you are using the energy saving settings on your dishwasher that will air-dry your dishes.
Find out more about active and passive forms of solar power. Active power is power that is stored to be used for a later time, while passive power doesn’t require power storage cells. To use active power, you must install mechanical systems, cells and solar panels. Passive power uses the sun for thermal energy in the home.
Pay attention to local and federal rebates for renewable energy updates on your home. In some instances, the local company gives rebates for upgrading to green tech. You may also be able to get tax credits or deductions from the government for your upgrades. You can lower the cost of putting green energy into your home by using these credits or rebates.
If you are not sure about making improvements to your home, hire professionals that can look over your systems and offer you ideas of what you can do to make your home more green. You can be shown where your money is being lost through inefficient products, and some great estimates on upgrades or replacements.
With all of the tips you read about green energy you should now have a better idea of what it takes to “go green”. Green energy is also an environmental benefit, which is good for everyone. Use what you’ve learned today and you’ll be amazed at how easy going green was!