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Green Energy Advice You Should Know About

Jun 28

Green Energy Advice You Should Know About

There are so many different types of green energy, from solar to wind to water, that they are readily available for use in your own home. For those who seek to make green energy changes within your home, read on and gather some great knowledge that will help you make those changes and reap the rewards.

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Check out the Green Power Network website to find out if there is a green power alternative available in your area. Consider switching to green power if there is a good service available in your area and if you can afford to. You might be able to get a tax rebate in some states.

 

Plant trees around your home. The trees will help provide shading for you home and therefore will help keep your home cooler in the hot summer months. It will not require as much air conditioning to keep it at your desired temperature. Since trees lose leaves in the winter, they will still allow the sun to come in and help heat your home during the winter months.

 

Use solar-powered outdoor lights. Outdoor lighting elements are a great place to use solar power, since there is easy access to sunlight. There are a wide range of lighting options to fit any decor. Not only does the solar-powered feature save on your energy bill, but it also makes these lights easy to install anywhere on your property.

 

Using solar energy is one good way to heat water. Purchase a solar water heating system. There are direct circulation systems as well as indirect systems. If frozen pipes are common in your area, an indirect water heater will be your best option.

 

Are you currently using a wood-burning fireplace to decrease your dependence upon fossil fuels? If so, remember to shut the flue damper very tightly when your fireplace is not being used. If you forget to do this, both warmed or cooled air will easily escape from your house through the chimney.

 

As a way to live greener, purchase power strips for your home. In areas where you have multiple electronics, you can utilize these power strips as a central hub where you may shut off all power to these electronic devices when they are not in use. As an example, if you have a home office, by plugging in your computer, printer, wireless router, and desk lamp into a power strip, you can turn them all off with the flip of a single switch when you are finished with your day's work.

 

Before you start shopping for a wind power system, know how much power your home consumes. In order to get the most out of a residential wind power system, it needs to be the proper size. If your property is hooked into a utility grid, your wind system should be sized to provide about 50 - 80% of your power needs.

 

Not only does green energy save you money, but it's gentler on earth as well. As you have read in this article, it is not that difficult or costly to go green and the benefits are enormous. Try out some of these tips in your home for greater efficiency and taking better care of the environment today.