Like most people, you probably don’t really think about the environment when you are at home, using energy. Whether you agree or not, almost everything we do impacts the environment. There are many ways to use green energy at home and protect the environment. The tips that follow can give you a good idea about how you can use green energy to your advantage.
Think about getting solar powered lamps for outdoor lighting. These lamps aren’t very expensive and can save you on power bills because they’re powered by the sun. This doesn’t merely save energy. As an added benefit, you are spared the trouble of running an outdoor wiring system.
Instead of turning on the air conditioner, wear fabrics made of natural materials. Cotton and similar fabrics will draw moisture from your skin, so you will stay cool. Wear light colors; dark colors tend to make you feel warm and you will be likelier to turn on the air conditioner.
Install solar panels and reap the benefits easily. However, before you do this, there are a few things that you need to take care of. How much sun is your house getting on average? If you home is shaded, the amount of energy collected from solar panels will be greatly reduced.
Be socially responsible, and unplug electric chargers for all devices that don’t need immediate charging. Charging devices for several common types of electronics, including laptops, cell phones, and MP3 players all draw “phantom power” if you keep them plugged in while they are idle.
Do you have your own farm? If you do, or if you are aware of someone that does, you may be able to rent some of the property to a local energy company that will install a type of wind turbine. The energy generated can benefit your entire area without taking up much room.
Furnace filters should be replaced annually, and check them monthly for cleanliness. It is also recommended to put filters on every register in your home. This will keep everything out of the air ducts, keeping your energy efficiency high.
If you’re installing a solar energy system, be sure to place the batteries in close proximity to the cells. Doing so removes the chance of lost energy. It will also minimize the possibility of a cable shading out the cells and lowering their generation capability.
Caring for the environment may not have been on the top of your priority list till now. Learning about using green energy can change this habit. Use all the knowledge you gained so that you can positively impact the environment, as opposed to causing a negative impact.