Have you ever thought about how you could use green energy, but didn’t know where to start? Do you think it’s too difficult or costs too much? Embrace a future of green energy by putting the advice within this article to good use.
Clean or replace the filters on your furnace once each year, and check once a month to see if they need to be cleaned. Adding filters to your warm-air registers is not a bad idea, either. This will help ensure debris doesn’t enter heating ducts, thereby reducing your efficiency.
If your property has a small stream running through it, you can install a micro hydropower system. These systems divert a small amount of the water through a turbine or wheel, providing energy that can be used to light and heat your home. If the flow is strong enough, you can power multiple homes on one of these systems.
If switching your home to solar power is beyond your financial capabilities, try switching just one room, like a bedroom, to solar power. There are solar kits available online that can help you green a room, and this will positively affect your energy bills and carbon footprint for years to come.
If you are interested in alternative energy sources, you can start by contacting your current energy provider to see if they have anything to offer. Many companies are now able to harness power from solar and wind power. This may cost you more, as there is a price for the extra work involved in tapping these sources, but you will be doing the environment a favor!
Set your computer so that it goes to sleep when you are not using it for more than 10-15 minutes at any given time. While most people believe that screensavers save energy they do not, and should not be used as an alternative to placing your computer in a sleeping state.
Think small. If you are unable to use alternative energy for your entire house, start with just one room. You can use alternative energy sources in one room and when you are ready, install it in another room. This way you are not overwhelmed with the expense of making over your house to use alternative energy.
Always have a backup power source for a wind generation system. Your system needs to be able to account for low-wind days. This backup could be another type of renewable source, such as a battery system powered by solar, or a diesel generator. Another option is to have the home plugged into the utility power grid.
Opt out of snail mail where possible, and choose to get bills and notices by email. Live a paperless lifestyle whenever possible. Going paperless helps the environment by limiting the amount of deforestation as well as the energy costs associated with paper communications. It also helps save the planet, of course.
What will it take for you to take advantage of green energy, to improve your home and reduce your energy bill? This article has given you the answer, but you have to start applying the techniques laid out here. You will be amazed at the results from small changes once you start!