To protect the environment and decrease energy costs, it is important that you have green energy in your home. You do not have to buy electric cars to make this possible. The following article contains commonsense strategies you can use to “green” your home right now, even if you’re poor.
Use a solar-solar powered system to heat water. Using natural gas and electricity is certainly the norm, but it’s not very energy efficient. By contrast, solar energy is very efficient, and it keeps water temperatures steady just as well as traditional heating methods. Although some of these systems cost more initially, many qualify for tax credits or deductions.
There are government grants available for investing in renewable energy. Check with the local government and find out about any possible programs you may be eligible for. You may qualify for wind or solar installation with little cost, or possibly you may be able to use it as deduction on your taxes.
Solar panels can be easily installed on your home and are used to collect energy from the sun for use in your home. Before undertaking this project however, there are a few things to consider. Think about how much sun your house typically gets. You can’t take as much advantage of solar energy if your house gets a lot of shade rather than sun.
Think about heating your water with solar water heaters. The heater uses solar energy to heat water before sending it to your home. This can be useful if your home isn’t located in an area with cold temperatures. Having a conventional heater as a back up if you expect a surge in hot water use can be wise.
Don’t leave anything on that you aren’t using. When you leave an area take the time to turn off lights, televisions, stereos, computers, and other electrical items you are not going to be using. Try using a power strip so you can turn off all of your electronics at once, instead of letting power be wasted in standby mode.
You can save energy by changing your furnace filter, getting a thermostat that is programmable and using light bulbs that are energy efficient. You can also create an example for people in your network, so they can join you in going green! Remember these tips and start using them today.