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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Easy Techniques For An Environmentally Friendly Energy Home

If you haven't taken the opportunity to introduce green energy into your life, you are missing out. Green energy is cheaper, safer, and cleaner than traditional sources of energy, and it can also save you money over time. Here are some really smart ways to start using green energy to your advantage. The first instance you should start is your home. Have you looked into the installation of solar panels for home? The cost is going to be much lower if you care to take some time and effort to understand how to make solar panels all on your own.

To practice good green energy habits you should make it a priority to recycle at home. Anything that is recyclable should be sorted out and stored in a recycle bin. By doing this, you are taking an active role in making sure the environment is safe for everyone while also cutting down on energy costs. Are you still using oil heat? You could switch to a greener solution without replacing your furnace. Find a qualified technician to inspect your system and make sure you can switch to a biofuel. Biofuels are non-toxic, degradable and renewable sources of energy that you will be able to re-use.

An easy way to make your home greener is to replace your old light fixtures with ones, which are ENERGY STAR qualified. If you are unable to install ENERGY STAR qualified lighting fixtures at the moment, at least replace your standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) which use much less energy. Pay attention to the thermostat in your home. Installing a programmable thermostat makes it easier for you to track the temperature in your house, and turn the heat down when you aren't at home. Between 1 and 3 percent of your energy costs can be cut for each degree you turn it down!

You can save the energy it takes to generate paper bills by signing up for paperless bank statements. Most banks will allow you to view your statements online instead of receiving a multi-page paper statement. Banks also offer online bill paying features which allow you to save even more by not using a paper envelope to mail payments. Using green energies should be linked to recycling and reducing pollution. You can recycle cans, glass, paper and electronics. Avoid using products containing chemicals and do not buy a product from a brand that is obviously wasting resources in the packaging process. If all customers adopt this attitude, large firms will eventually change their habits.

Think outside of the box. While many people think 'solar' panels when they think of green energy, there are other ways to take advantage of the sun. If you are building a new home, consider incorporating passive solar design into the home. By building with materials such as concrete or adobe and taking advantage of the sun's natural heat with south-facing windows, you can create a home that will naturally heat itself in the winter and stay cool in the summer. Buy a box of Ziplock quart size baggies and use these to make your own snacks. Whether you enjoy a bit of trail mix, Chex Mix, or a tasty muffin, you can use this bag and wash it when you get home to use the next day. Keep your snacks green by washing and reusing these baggies for your snacks until they are too worn.

Opt for solar lights instead of regular lighting when installing lights for outdoor use. This helps save on your energy costs, and they are very aesthetic as well. Solar lights are becoming increasingly popular, and they are a wonderful option for lighting the patio, garden, sidewalks, garage, and many other places. A good tip to help economized energy when you are ironing is to turn the iron only right before you need to use it. Irons heat up very quickly and many people waste energy by leaving them on way before they actually need to use them. You should also turn your iron off while you are completing your task as the residual heat will help finish the job.

Going green offers so many advantages to the homeowner, it's a wonder more people do not do it. Hopefully, you have garnered some very useful tips from this article on how you can bring greener sources of energy to the technology in your home. You will see an immediate positive impact on your wallet and the environment!

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