Saving power, heat or water is made possible thanks to alternative sources of energy. With a few small changes, and maybe some big ones, you can reduce your carbon footprint and save some money at the same time. Here are some places you can start.
Cutting back on your daily electricity usage is a simple way to conserve energy. When not using a certain appliance, unplug it from the outlet. Turn off lights and the television when you are finished using them. This simple tip can go a long way in saving you money.
Use solar-powered lamps for outdoor lighting. Not only are they a reasonable purchase price, but they do not require electricity to run. This does more than just save energy. As an added benefit, you are spared the trouble of running an outdoor wiring system.
Use cold water for laundry, whenever you can. Having heated water in your washer can use up to nine-tenths of the energy required to run a washing machine. If you are using good quality washing detergent, cold water is effective. Another great tip is to always fill up the washer with a full load so that you’re being as efficient as possible.
If you currently use fuel oil for home heating, ask your local technician how you can switch over to biodiesel fuel. Depending on your system, you may be able to switch to biodiesel without having to make any modifications to your system. Biodiesel burns more cleanly and will improve your carbon footprint.
Consider solar water heaters to make your home more energy efficient. Best for locations with a warmer climate, a solar water heater uses the sun’s energy to heat water that circulates through it. It is still a good idea to keep a regular water heater in case of excess hot water usage or overcast weather.
Incorporate the ideas you just read into your daily activities. Your energy bill will decrease and the good you’re doing for the environment will increase. Work at it bit by bit and before you know it your home will be as green as the greenest!