Sometimes green energy options just feel overwhelming. It is tough to understand where to start and how to improve the environment (and your life) the most. This article will provide you with some of the basics, so continue reading and you will have a better understanding of green energy options.
Use a solar water heater to keep your pools, tubs and plumbing full of piping hot, but cheap, water. Using electricity or gas to heat water is not terribly efficient, but water heaters that use solar power maintain water temperatures using only the sun’s rays by way of solar panels. You may be eligible for tax deductions for using energy efficient upgrades.
Do you have a large plot of land? If you own your farm property, you could allow an energy company to rent a small plot of your land, so they can install an energy-generating wind turbine. Your home and the surrounding residences will get some free power. Don’t worry, wind turbines don’t take up a lot of room.
Check whether your furnace filters need to be replaced each month. Make sure that you actually replace these filters at least once each year. Install filters for your warm-air registers, too. These filters keep debris or toys from entering the duct-work, which could reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system.
Wash clothing in cold water. Almost 90% of the power you use to do laundry is simply used to heat the water. Provided you are using the right laundry detergent, you will not see a cleanliness difference by washing in cold water. Only wash when you have a full load of clothes to put in the washer.
Consider switching to solar-powered water heaters for your home. If you live in an area where freezing temperatures are unlikely, you can purchase systems that circulate water through solar heating systems before pumping it inside for use. But, be sure to keep a regular water heater for a backup should the sun not come out or for times that you need large amounts of hot water.
One great way of conserving energy is to ensure the dishwasher is only turned on when full. It’s sacrilege to turn it on with just one or two dishes inside. Your dishwasher can probably hold a lot more dishes than you think. Just make sure to align the dishes in an orderly manner to maximize the available space.
The type of green energy system that will work for your home depends on the location and orientation of your house. With these different characteristics, the green energy technologies that will work may vary, significantly. Some things work well for most homes, and others don’t work at all. Seek out the advice that will benefit your household, and then implement those strategies in your home.