The best way to reduce your carbon footprint and make learning how to build a windmill affordable is to minimize your energy consumption. Once you have done that, your wind turbine will need to generate less energy to fulfill all your energy needs.
The easiest way to reduce your energy bill quickly is to start with the biggest energy guzzlers, which happen to be heating and cooling. Then, move one to others like lighting and washing or drying clothes.
The rule of thumb for heating is to use only what you need, where you need it. For example, use space heaters in the rooms you are in instead of keeping the whole house warm all winter. If you do use central heating, just turn the thermostat down a few degrees and put on an extra sweater.
Remember when we only used air conditioning when we were desperately hot and turned the unit off once we were comfortable? Turning the AC off when you’re out of the house is another important habit many of us have forgotten. Just turn the unit on once you get home- by doing so, you are reducing your energy consumption drastically.
You can even get a tax credit just for exchanging your old incandescent lightbulbs for compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. In addition to using up to 80% less energy than traditional bulbs, their longer life means they only need to be changed every few years.
Your clothes dryer may use more energy that you think! Simple wire drying racks are inexpensive, take up little space and allow you to dry your clothes inside or outside year-round. Hanging your clothes to dry also saves them from the damaging heat of the dryer, which dramatically extends their life.
Please join me in using these simple techniques to reduce your electricity consumption. If, like me, you want to learn how to build a windmill, it will be that much easier to meet your electricity needs now that they are lower. Even if you don’t want to produce your own electricity, reducing your consumption is a great first step to reducing your bill.