It is actually pretty easy to reduce the amount of energy and resources your home needs. Without a lot of effort, you may be able to use less energy and save yourself some money. Here are some places you can start.
To be effective, solar panels must be aligned for maximum exposure to the sun! For instance, the panels on a Northern Hemisphere home should face south at the angle that equals the home’s latitude plus 15 degrees. This way ensures that you always receive adequate power.
Get appliances that have an Energy Star rating. ENERGY STAR ratings mean that the appliance has met standards of the EPA and is especially crafted to use less energy than older models. Refrigerators and freezers use 20% less energy and dishwashers use 40% less. Energy Star rated washing machines save at least 50% of the energy used by the older styles and also save a lot of water.
Consider outdoor lighting, such as garden or patio lighting, that is solar-powered. The solar lamps are relatively inexpensive and will not need any additional power other than direct sunlight. You will not only reduce the energy you use. It will also mean you can avoid installing underground wiring.
Solar energy can provide cheap hot water. Install a water heating system that uses solar power. There are systems available that circulate the heat both directly and indirectly. Indirect systems are the best option for those who have frozen pipes during the winter.
Try not to set the heat very high in your home unless it’s an absolute must. If it’s a bit chilly, put sweatpants or a sweatshirt on. When you keep the heat unnecessarily high you use far more energy than you need to–and that is expensive!
Make use of rainwater for washing dishes and flushing the toilet. Your water bill will decrease and this also benefits the environment. You can easily collect rainwater by placing vessels, such as jars, outside during a rain storm.
On hot, summer days, hang your clothes outside. Your clothing will have a great smell from the sun. They will smell a lot fresher than being dried in the drier. You will also save money on utility bills by doing this.
Don’t run your dishwasher if it is less than totally full. A half load uses the exact same amount of water and energy as a full one. When you do run the dishwasher, make sure to use the energy saving setting, which will allow your dishes to air-dry.
Create a list of all the appliances in your home, and the amount of watts they use to run, before you consult with someone to install solar panels. This will allow the professional to give you a quote that is accurate.
Use the helpful ideas provided here to find ways to incorporate green energy resources in your home. You will be saving the environment and reducing your bills at the same time. Work on it a little at a time, and you will find that you have a greener home in no time.