What does it take to start using green energy in your life? All you need to have is some determination and knowledge, and this article has plenty of ideas for you to use, as long as you’re ready to implement them. Continue reading to find everything you need to know to get started on the road to clean energy.
One thing you might consider is heating your water with solar water heaters. If you live in an area where freezing temperatures are unlikely, you can purchase systems that circulate water through solar heating systems before pumping it inside for use. Having a conventional heater as a back up if you expect a surge in hot water use can be wise.
Wait until your dishwasher is full before running it if you want to save energy. Properly loading the dishwasher prior to running it will save both energy and money. You’ll be surprised at how many dishes a dishwasher can load. Experiment with different ways of loading the dishwasher in order to fit in as many dishes as possible.
Set your computer so that it goes to sleep when you are not using it for more than 10-15 minutes at any given time. While most people believe that screensavers save energy they do not, and should not be used as an alternative to placing your computer in a sleeping state.
Plant trees around your home. The trees will help provide shading for you home and therefore will help keep your home cooler in the hot summer months. It will not require as much air conditioning to keep it at your desired temperature. Since trees lose leaves in the winter, they will still allow the sun to come in and help heat your home during the winter months.
Turn your computer off when you are not using it. This includes anything connected to the computer, such as the printer. When these are on, even if in hibernate mode, they are drawing electricity. When you are done browsing or working, turn off the computer and turn off the strip plug to save electrical energy.
Measure the prevailing wind speed on your property before considering a wind generator. In order for wind energy to be cost-effective, you need a wind speed greater than 8.5 to 9 MPH at least sixty percent of the time. Any slower, and the turbine won’t spin fast enough to generate much electricity.
If you are really committed to going green, one way to do so is to limit how often you use your electric heater in winter. Using a fireplace and wearing warm clothing are good, energy-saving alternatives to using electric heaters. Cool air while sleeping is better for your breathing.
The Earth is not a renewable resource. It provides us with what we need to survive, but we need to take care of it, to ensure that it continues to be there for us when we need it most. Use the information we’ve given you here, to use more green energy and help the environment in the process.