You already probably know about green energy. You may do a few things, and think that is enough, or you may not have done anything related to green energy since it became such a popular idea. Whatever your experience with green energy, here are some great suggestions to make sure that you can use green energy, at least a little bit.
It is easy to find the initiative to make your house greener when you consider the many tax refunds currently offered for energy-efficient improvements. Be sure to keep all receipts pertaining to such improvements as the U.S. government presently lets home owners deduct costs for everything from new windows to storm doors to furnaces and insulation.
Check for energy rebates and incentives from your utility company. You may find that your utility company has special deals on energy-efficient appliances, renewable-energy systems and energy-saving lighting systems. You may find that it is not as costly to invest in green technology as you may think!
Avoid using your clothes dryer whenever possible. Drying your clothes outside on a washing line is one of the simplest ways to save energy costs. The clothes dryer is the third-largest energy user in the home, accounting for almost 6 percent of yearly energy consumption, and costing more than $100 to operate.
If you can, take your bike to work instead of driving. Many people have a very short commute to work but have never even considered riding their bicycle to work. This reduces greenhouse gasses and will save you on gasoline for your car. An added benefit is that the exercise is good for your body.
You can make your kitchen greener by only buying products with minimal packaging. Avoid using waxed paper, aluminum foil and baggies by packing the family lunches in reusable containers. Save even more energy by purchasing reusable water bottles to go with the lunches. This saves the energy used to make the plastic disposable bottles and saves landfill space as well.
Make sure that your home is well insulated. If your home is not insulated correctly, you will use more electricity to heat and cool it. If you are in the market to replace your insulation, consider a spray foam style as it will better insulate your home than the traditional type of insulation.
Before you start shopping for a wind power system, know how much power your home consumes. In order to get the most out of a residential wind power system, it needs to be the proper size. If your property is hooked into a utility grid, your wind system should be sized to provide about 50 – 80% of your power needs.
In order to save energy at home, plug your electronics, including televisions and DVD players, into power strips and when you are not using them, turn off the power strips. Not only will you be preserving energy by doing this, but you will also be saving money on your electricity bill.
Now that you’ve read a little about how to use green energy, you should have a few ideas in your head to make your home more green. Use the ideas in this article to get you started, and to give you concrete actions you can take today to make sure you are living green.