Going Green For Yourself And The Environment

Posted on Oct 23 2012 - 3:21pm by

Not only will going green help you save money, it will benefit the world around you. You can change some simple things in your home to make it more energy efficient, while cutting electricity costs! Continue on for some helpful green energy tips at home.

Replace old, energy-hogging appliances with new versions that are Energy Star rated. Appliances that have an Energy Star rating states that the particular appliance being used is made to consume less energy compared to its predecessor that is not rated. For freezers and refrigerators, the rating guarantees 20 percent less energy used, 40 percent for dishwashers, and at least 50 percent when it comes to washing machines.

Consider switching out your home’s older windows with newer ones that are rated for superior energy efficiency. When you use these type of windows you can notice a significant different in things like your energy bill, less condensation right on your windows, a quieter home, and one thing that you can’t see is less carbon dioxide in your home.

While solar energy may not be a whole-house option for your home, consider a partial solar set-up that can offset part of your utility consumption. For example, get panels installed which will only heat hot water, or ones that specifically heat your basement.

Hvac Systems

If you want to be green, you should think about transforming your cooling and heating system into a geothermal one. HVAC systems use underground pipes containing water and refrigerant rather than conventional systems. Instead of blowing hot and cold air into the home, the pipes are heated or cooled by a machine. As they pass under the floors they conduct that energy into your home. The underground environment is much more stable than outside air temperatures and this makes the operation of HVAC systems predictable.

Build and use a solar oven to bake outdoors and save energy. You can make this by using a piece of foil, a box, and an old window. You can reach an oven temperature of 300 degrees or more without using any other source of energy besides the sun. It only takes a few minutes to build a solar oven.

Try bamboo products when buying wood items. Bamboo serves as a green replacement for wood. Though it is a grass, it has much more strength and durability than many commercial woods. Bamboo grows quickly and it used for several products including flooring. That will save energy in production costs during manufacturing, as well as in recycling.

An easy way to use green energy is to install a tankless water heater. Older water heaters are always running and always heating water whether it is needed or not, which is a waste of energy. You’ll get hot water whenever you need it without having to wait for it to heat up. You’ll also save a lot of energy.

As you can see, it really can be quite simple and inexpensive to go green. Oftentimes, just a few simple changes around the home will save energy and money. Apply these tips to your own life, and share them with others, and you can build a better environmental future.

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