Going green doesn’t necessarily mean that you will switch your primary source of power to a source of renewable energy, which isn’t yet feasible for everyone. There are many green energy tips you should know to make your home more energy efficient and habits you can adopt to save energy. Most of us aren’t even aware of how much energy we consume on a daily basis or the many simple ways there are to cut down on energy use.
While the efforts of one person won’t make a huge difference in the impact on the environment, getting your family members and your friends involved as well will help spread the word about the need to go green and the many benefits for the environment and your personal well being.
- Add insulation to your attic, walls, basement and ceiling to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
- A dual-flush or low-flow toilet can save a lot of water each year with no noticeable change in function.
- Air leaks. Make sure any gaps under doors or windows are sealed, and use throw rugs on hardwood floors to insulate the floor boards.
- Washing machine. Wash your clothes in cold water to save on energy costs related to heating your water. Wash only full loads.
- Line dry. Rather than always using your dryer, hang laundry on a clothesline to dry on warm, sunny days.
- During the day, leave lights off, and utilize natural sunlight. Turn off lights at night when you leave a room.
- Light bulbs. Switch to low-watt light bulbs or CFLs to reduce energy consumption and costs.
- Run the dishwasher only when it is full to conserve water and energy.
- Water leaks. Fix faucets that drip and toilets that run to conserve water; a faucet that drips can waste a lot of water over a long period of time and can also waste energy if it’s heated.
- Use blinds or shades to block the sun from entering rooms to cut cooling costs. Keep them open in the winter to get heat from the sun.
- Lower your thermostat a couple of degrees in the winter, and raise it in the summer to cut on heating and cooling costs with no discernible difference in comfort.
- When you have the option for small appliances, use batteries; use only rechargeable or recyclable batteries to avoid adding toxic chemicals to landfills.
- Hot water heater. Lower the temperature on the hot water heater by a few degrees to cut energy consumption; you won’t notice the change one bit.
- Refrigerator/freezer. Set the thermostat in your refrigerator between 37° and 40° (3° to 5°C), and set your freezer at 5°F (-15°C) to maintain the freshness of items stored there without wasting energy.
- Replace old appliances with newer, energy-efficient models. Comparison shop to get appliances that will cut energy consumption the most.
- Avoid using the oven as much as possible on hot days, but use it more when it is cold outside to reduce the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling.
- Green energy sources. Ask your utility company about options for sources of green energy in your area.
Green Energy Tips Do Help
When it comes to green energy, every little bit helps. Once you’ve become conscious of how much energy is wasted in your household – and how much money you can save when you adopt practices to conserve energy – you’ll be hooked. Saving energy requires little effort, and any expense upfront is quickly made up for in savings on your utility bill. In addition, you’ll be doing your part to preserve the environment and protect the planet.