Making these switches to your home can be overwhelming. It is confusing when trying to decide on a starting point and what are the best ways to benefit yourself and your environment. Read the following tips and you can find ways to make your home a greener place.
Lower heating costs with solar heating systems for your pools or hot tubs. Solar water heaters use the sun’s heat to warm water rather than using natural gas or electricity for heat. While many of these upgrades have high up-front costs, they may qualify for tax credits or other rebates.
The U.S. Government makes grant funds available as an incentive for consumers to start using green energy. Contact your city or county government and ask about energy conservation programs available in your area. For instance, you might find that installation of wind or solar structures is free, or you might see a tax benefit by installing a tankless water heater.
Become a better energy consumer, and save electricity in your home by unplugging chargers for your electronic devices when you are not using them. Your charger still uses energy while it’s plugged in, even if it isn’t charging anything.
Biodiesel fuel might be an option if your current heat source is fuel oil. Sometimes you can make the switch to some use of biodiesel fuels without having to purchase new parts or make costly modifications. When you use biodiesel it burns a lot cleaner than conventional petroleum, which reduces the impact your home has on energy during the colder months of the year.
Use windows covering for when you’re not 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. Try adding window coverings that block heat, such as shades or darker, lined curtains.
When using a dishwasher to do the dishes, don’t let it run unless it’s all the way full. The energy used is the same whether you are washing a small load of dishes, or one that is larger. Try using the energy-saving air-drying setting on your dishwasher.
Every home is different. It is important to keep these parameters in mind when choosing a technology. Some technologies can work in any location, while others are site-specific. Seek out the advice that will benefit your household, and then implement those strategies in your home.