Everyone wants to be “green”, even if Kermit says it isn’t easy. An excellent first step for the homeowner is to use green energy within their home, but most people don’t know where to start. This article will guide you through some strategies which will help you to green your home in no time!
Make your home more energy efficient by unplugging your unused electronic devices. Chargers for your electronics, such as an iPod or cell phone, are always using electricity, even when they’re not in use, so unplug them when you can.
Wash your clothes in cold water whenever possible. If you use warm or hot water in your washing machine, almost 90% of your energy use goes towards heating the water. If you are using good quality washing detergent, cold water is effective. Additionally, always wash with a full load of laundry, as this helps to lower the amount of energy you use.
Check out the Green Power Network website to find out if there is a green power alternative available in your area. Consider switching to green power if there is a good service available in your area and if you can afford to. You might be able to get a tax rebate in some states.
Using the sun to heat your water is very cost effective. You can go shopping for a solar system that will heat your water. There are systems available that circulate the heat both directly and indirectly. If frozen pipes are a concern where you live, the indirect option is probably better.
Use solar hot water. By installing a solar hot water system, you can use solar power to heat the water you use for everything in your home. It will work for your showers, washing dishes and doing laundry. If you are worried about not getting enough sun, you can invest in a small, traditional water heater as well.
Heat your home with a pellet stove. Pellets are basically made of compressed sawdust: they burn without any emanation and are much easier to store and transport than a pile of wood. Before investing in a pellet stove, you should find a place where you can get affordable pellets first.
Save energy, and your hard-earned dollars, by only using your washing machine and dishwasher when you have a full load. A small load uses just as much energy as a full load and accomplishes a lot less for the energy expenditure. Let laundry stack up another day or two in order to maximize savings and efficiency. Also consider drying clothes outdoors on a clothesline if allowed in your area. The fresh outdoorsy scent can’t be beat, and you will show a significant savings in your utility bill if you cut back on your dryer usage.
While it will take some time, effort and dedication to put what you’ve learned here into effect in your home, the rewards will be worth every second. Lowered bills, less reliance on the grid and a warm, fuzzy feeling in your heart are just some of the benefits you’ll enjoy, so get started today!