Posted on May 2, 2012 by
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Using green energy can benefit you in a number of different ways. In order to achieve all of the benefits that green energy has to offer, it is important to incorporate this technology into your life in an intelligent manner. This article is filled with a number of great green energy tips to get you started.
Opt for rechargeable over disposable batteries. The debate on using disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries has long been a heavy conversation. Of course, rechargeable batteries are better for the environment, and that is a point that cannot be argued against. After many years, studies have shown that rechargeable batteries also concretely save you money on energy costs as well. It looks like there is nothing to argue about now.
Fill Machines For Maximum Efficiency
Make sure your dishwasher, washing machine, and clothes dryer are full (but not overfilled) prior to using them. This saves a lot of water and detergent with each load of wash. Also check the settings on these machines. If you have a small load, make sure the setting for small loads is being used. Also using a lower temperature on washing machines can help save money on the water heater.
In order to save energy at home, plug your electronics, including televisions and DVD players, into power strips and when you are not using them, turn off the power strips. Not only will you be preserving energy by doing this, but you will also be saving money on your electricity bill. Some new televisions have a built-in energy saving system so when it is on standby it will use less electricity.
Reuse rainwater. This can be done using a rain barrel attached to a rain chain or drain spout. You can reuse this water to water your garden or lawn, fill a birdbath or even wash your windows. Many people use it in their house as well to flush toilets. This works well for me as I have a well in my house and sometimes it can dry out. We use the rainwater to do the basics.
Switching your home to solar energy can be one of the most worthwhile investments you will ever undertake. Solar energy can provide enough electricity for your home energy need. It has a high return on investment. If you are going to opt for solar energy then make sure to go to registered solar installers to ensure that you are getting the best quality of service as you can. Most approved solar installers will provide you with a warranty so that in the case that a problem arises they will fix it.
A very easy and cheap way to save on your high-energy bills is to try installing some low-flow showerheads and faucets. Switching from the standard, 2.5 gallon/minute shower heads, to the low flow 1.5 gallon/minute ones, can help you save a lot with your hot water energy costs.
Insulate your home. A pre-1950 home that isn’t insulated will use approximately 60 per cent more energy than a house that was built after 2000. Adding sufficient insulation to your attic and basement will greatly improve your home’s energy efficiency. As well as keeping you warm in the winter, you will find that the home remains much cooler in the summer months.
As mentioned previously in this article, consumers can benefit greatly by utilizing environmentally healthy, green energy technologies. In order to successfully incorporate green energy into your life and reap all of its fantastic benefits, it is important that you fully understand what you are doing. Apply the advice from this article and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a new, eco-friendly, green energy lifestyle.