When you think of the concept of green energy, you might close your eyes and daydream of a future where every roof is full of solar panels and all the coal plants have been shut down. The green globe utopia has not yet happened, but green energy technology has made leaps and bounds in individual applications that you can start taking advantage of right away. Keep reading into the following paragraphs to learn some of these opportunities.
You might think that building construction is just building construction, but technology here has improved tremendously. Check your doors and windows for their insulation and how well they keep cold and heat in or out. If your home is more than a few years old, there is likely a material advance that you can get from your local hardware store that will help cut down on your next month’s power bill.
There are also cork products made from tree shavings where the trees are left alive to grow more cork!
When you shop for anything inside your home, only get products made from renewable sources so that less of the world’s resources were consumed to help fill your house. For instance, only get toilet paper and paper towels made from recycled paper. Even better yet, start using dish rags instead of paper towels. For wood products, look for things made from bamboo. There are also cork products made from tree shavings where the trees are left alive to grow more cork!
Do not buy the same old light bulbs. Do not throw away the old ones you have, as that would be polluting a landfill with wasted elements. But, start buying the energy efficient bulbs that are out now that consume a fraction of the electricity. These last hundreds to thousands of hours, going years instead of months. They also generate less heat, which will keep your air conditioning bill down.
Consider selling your washer and dryer. For the money that you get for the two, you can probably afford an Energy Star certified washer and a clothes line. The impact on your power bill over the coming months will startle you.
Whenever you can, wash everything in cold water. Most laundry can be done safely in cold water, and a lot of folks already do this to prevent shrinkage. See how much bathing and showering you can do in cold or cool water. Wash your car in cold water. See if it does not come out looking just as good.
Get a breakdown of your power usage. Know what appliances and usages constitute the majority portions of your utility bill. When you find the top five culprits, it should not take much mindful attention to cut down on their use substantially without compromising your lifestyle and comfort too much.
When you mix together being conservative in your energy use and the application of green energy tactics and technologies to your home, you can do the world a favor and maybe even start saving some money now. This article has shown you some basic ways to start going green right away.