By using green energy, you can save on energy costs and care for the environment. You do not have to purchase a car that is electric in order to make this work! The following article contains commonsense strategies you can use to “green” your home right now, even if you’re poor.
It is important to clean your furnace filter on a regular basis to be sure you are using as little energy as possible heating your home. Adding filters to your warm-air registers is not a bad idea, either. Debris (and small toys) will not reach the heating ducts to clog the main filter.
Wash clothes with cold water, as much as you can. Almost ninety percent of the energy used by a washing machine comes from heating the water for a warm or hot cycle. Most good quality laundry detergents work just as well in cold water. In addition, remember that a washing machine will be most energy efficient when it is full.
Never run a dishwasher that is partly empty. You will use just as much water and energy to run a half-empty dishwasher as a full one. When the dishwasher is used, it is also important to use the main energy-saving feature, which air-dries the dishes.
Solar power can heat water for a low cost. Simply put, all you need is a hot water system that uses solar energy. There are direct circulation systems and indirect ones. Indirect systems are the best option for those who have frozen pipes during the winter.
One of the simplest ways that you can go green is by dressing warmly. Sweaters of varying thickness can offer more warmth, from two to four degrees depending on its weight. You don’t need to be cold at home, get yourself some nice warm clothes you can use in your house today!
Take the time to learn about active, and passive solar power. Passive solar systems are less expensive but cannot store energy like active solar systems do. Active solar power requires a lot of involvement in the form of installation, mechanics, and power cells. Passive systems simply use the sun’s energy to heat your house or water.
Make use of a solar-powered oven for baking. You can make one out of a box, wood, and some foil. The internal temperature of these easy-to-build ovens can top 300 degrees, and they do not require any energy besides the sun’s rays.
There is a lot you can do to change your lifestyle and live in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly world. While you might not have much money to spend on going green, you can begin by cleaning up furnace filters every month and set the heat to 60 degrees when you aren’t home. Lowering the temperature of your water heater can save energy as well. Every small amount helps.
Heat your house with biofuels. Oil, wood and animal or vegetable fats are used to make this fuel. If you have a propane furnace, a professional can usually make changes that allow you to use this blend of fuels. Fuels are anywhere from 20-99 percent biodiesel. Talk to a professional before using biofuel in the home.
An on-demand (tankless) water heater is very green. Traditional water heaters run constantly, heating the water when it’s completely unnecessary. The water heaters that heat on-demand only heat water that is immediatly needed and save a lot on energy costs.
Buy products made of bamboo when buying wooden items. Bamboo serves as a green replacement for wood. Though it is a grass, it has much more strength and durability than many commercial woods. It grows quickly and can be used and sold for a variety of purposes, from cutting boards to flooring. Thanks to this, energy is saved when it comes to production and recycling.
You can save energy by changing your furnace filter, getting a thermostat that is programmable and using light bulbs that are energy efficient. Lead by example and show the easiness of embracing green technology and lifestyle. Keep these tips in mind and use them often.