“You just need to change some little things in the house to save on your energy costs. Going green is a good thing for you, your family and your neighborhood. “
Using less electricity saves a lot of money and energy. Unplug unused devices. Lights and televisions should be turned off when not in use. An easy advice, saving money.
Are you lucky enough to own a farm?
If this is the case, you can rent a property to energy companies for the installation of wind turbines. Not only will the turbine use minimal land, but it can provide you with free energy.
“Know the energy options available in your state. Compare the costs of various utilities and consider current or current energy legislations. It can be beneficial to switch from electric heat to natural gas heat, or from city water to well water, for example.”
When you are not using things, turn them OFF.
Be sure to turn off things like the computer, television, or lights when you leave a room. Get a power strip so you can turn off all your electronics at the same time, rather than letting the energy go to sleep in sleep mode.
It’s the same thing, full or not.
Do not use your dishwasher unless it contains a full load of dishes. Dishwashers do not minimize water or energy consumption.
“Use the energy-saving setting of your dishwasher to allow the load to air dry.”
To save money on heating your water, buy a tankless system.
“The tankless versions still need electricity or gas to heat the water, but they are always more efficient at heating only the water needed instead of a huge water tank . Tankless heaters come in various models which provide a single tap or the entire house with hot water.”
Use energy efficient products to save money and energy.
“Double or triple glazed windows and well insulated doors prevent a lot of wasted energy while keeping the interior temperature more comfortable. With these products, cooling and heating costs are reduced.”
Look for discounts at the local and federal levels to upgrade your home to renewable energy sources….
“Sometimes your local utility company may give you a discount based on what the upgrades cost. If this is not possible, you can find out if the upgrades can be used as tax deductions.”
You may also be able to get credits from either the state or federal government. All these discounts will add up, which could cover the cost of your renovation!
Solar ovens can be created with old windows, boxes and aluminum foil. These ovens can be assembled quickly, and reach 300 degrees of temperature simply by using the sun.
Monitor your watt usage.
Wemo® Insight Smart Plug can see when your home is using too much energy. If you attach the device to the devices in your home, it will let you know how much energy this device uses for different lengths of time.
“You will be able to calculate how much each appliance costs you in electricity and replace those that are stealing your money.”
Try using LED lights as opposed to conventional lights for the next holiday season. LEDs have been shown to save a lot of energy.
“The Department of Energy show that 2,000,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity could be saved if all Americans switched to LED lights. This amount of electricity could power 200,000 homes for a full year. All that said, you can at least save money on your own energy costs!”
Consider carpooling for different occasions to save on fuel costs. Children can also form carpooling to go to school by alternating parents’ days. If you love being close to family or friends, try to sync your purchases with them, and you can each take turns driving.
Replace your old devices with new devices that have an Energy Star rating.
Energy Star ratings mean that your new devices are technologically designed to consume less energy than previous models. You will find that Energy Star rated refrigerators use about 20% less energy, and clothes washing machines use about 50% less.
“Don’t overlook the resources of your utility company when it comes to making your home greener.”
Many utility companies have tools on their websites that will help you see how much energy you are using, up to the hour, as well as, ways to reduce your electricity consumption and energy costs.
“You may also be able to find discounts or other programs to help you get light bulbs or energy efficient appliances.”
It doesn’t have to cost a lot or take a long time to go green!
Small changes in your own home can make a big difference. Implement some of these tips and pass the information on as well.
You will help your family, your neighbors and the environment as a whole!