Have you been wanting you go green but are not sure how to go about it? Do you think that it will be way too difficult and costly? Give up the past and head towards the future, use the tips from this article to help you improve your home going forward.
When battery chargers and other electronics are not in use, unplug them. Even if you are not charging your laptop, cell phone or mp3 player, just having it plugged in uses energy.
Do you have a lot of land? If so, or if you have family who does, consider renting out some of your land to a company that will install a simple wind turbine. You will benefit from the wind turbine’s free energy and it will take up minimal space.
Check monthly to determine if your furnace’s filters need cleaning and replace them yearly. Also, put filters on vents that dispense warm air. Debris (and small toys) will not reach the heating ducts to clog the main filter.
Check out all the different resources your community has available for energy. Compare the costs of various utilities, and take current or pending energy legislation into consideration. You may find that natural gas will be better for your home than electric, or that well water is an available alternative to city water.
When a home has stormed windows and doors, air flows better. Storm windows and storm doors reduce the amount of cold air entering the home in the form of drafts. Storm doors and windows can increase a home’s energy efficiency by up to 45%, which can have great impacts on utility bills.
An easy way to cut energy costs and go green is to dress warm. A thin sweater will provide you with two degrees of additional heat, while a heavier item will add four. You do not have to dress lightly at home, so save money by putting on a sweater and turning down the heat!
Research solar panels to see if an active or passive set-up is right for your needs. Active power is energy that gets stored and is used later. Passive is energy that can be used without expensive cells. Active power is about using solar panels, cells and other installations. Passive energy is about using windows and insulation to keep your home warm and well-lit.
If you don’t know what changes to make, consider having a heating expert or plumber come to your home and give you a list of changes you can make to cut your energy costs. They should be able to inform you about extra expenses you are paying for inefficient appliances, as well as the amount it would cost to upgrade to newer, energy-efficient models.
How can you alter your home so it’s more energy efficient and green? This article has shown you how to find these answers and has hopefully provided the inspiration to get started. You will love the results you get from going green. They will exceed your wildest hopes.