It isn’t always hard to be a bit more green. Making some changes to the home can lower electricity bills and benefit the environment. Keep reading to discover how green energy can be used for your advantage, as well as making a permanent positive impact on the environment.
You can save electricity by unplugging chargers when they are not in use. They may not be currently in use, but items such as cell phone chargers, laptops and mp3 players draw energy when left plugged in.
Keep covers on your windows when not in your home. The result will be a cooler house because the window’s admit less heat. Try to close all your window coverings, but it is especially important to cover any south-facing windows. Thermally insulated black-out curtains are the best option, but blinds and shades can also work.
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint as well as save some money, do a load of dishwashing only when the dishwasher is filled to capacity. Don’t run it with only a few things. A dishwasher can surprisingly hold a lot of dishes. Align each dish carefully so that your dishwasher racks can accommodate the largest number of dishes.
If you use a dishwasher to clean your dishes, do not run it until it is completely full. No matter how many dishes you have in there, it still uses the same level of energy. Make sure you are using the energy saving settings on your dishwasher that will air-dry your dishes.
Replace your tank-style water heater with a green, tankless model. Although tankless heaters require electricity or gas to heat water, they only do this on the amount you need as opposed to storing it in a large tank that is kept hot all the time. Tankless water heaters are available to purchase in many different sizes; you can heat water for your whole house, or just a single faucet.
Hire professionals to talk to you about installing new systems. They can tell you the amount of money you will save, and quote the cost of a new system.
Opt out of snail mail where possible, and choose to get bills and notices by email. In other words, choose paperless options anytime you can. This will not only help businesses lower their energy costs, but you as well. An added bonus is that everyone benefits by the protection of our environment.
There are a lot of things you can do if you want reduce your environmental footprint on the planet. Even if you don’t have a ton of money, you can do simple things, like monthly cleaning of the filters in your furnace or lowering the thermostat to 60 degrees when you’re not going to be home. Lowering the temperature of your water heater can save energy as well. Little things like this add up!
Even though some people don’t believe global energy is anything to worry about, everyone can benefit from the use of green energy in their home. A lot of money can be saved on electric bills if you make some changes.