Some homeowners may be uncertain how to convert their energy usage into more environmentally friendly forms. Knowing where to start and what changes to make can be terribly difficult. Take time to read the following guidelines to determine the things that could greatly benefit your house.
Check with a technician and see if switching to biodiesel for your home instead of fuel oil is a viable option for you. Many systems will take a switch to some level of biodiesel without any extra parts or modifications. Biodiesel burns cleaner and more efficiently than conventional petroleum, reducing your home’s environmental impact during the winter.
Try solar water heaters instead of traditional ones. If you live in a region that is not at risk for freezing, it is possible to install a system that pumps water into a solar heater, then pumps it into your house. However, consider that you may still need a traditional heater if you will be using a great deal of hot water, or if the sun does not come out for some time.
Don’t waste money or energy by running a half-full load of dishes. Properly loading the dishwasher prior to running it will save both energy and money. It will likely surprise you how much you can actually put into your dishwasher when you load it properly. Think carefully about where you place each dish for optimal storage in the washer.
When not using things, turn them off. When you leave an area take the time to turn off lights, televisions, stereos, computers, and other electrical items you are not going to be using. Keep your home appliances on a power strip, and switch it off when not in use.
Solar energy can heat water for a lesser cost. Simply put, all you need is a hot water system that uses solar energy. Indirect or direct circulation systems are both available. Indirect is the best choice if you have pipes which often freeze in the winter.
When you install a solar energy system, place the batteries close to the cells. This way, you won’t lose power in the cable. It also prevents the cable covering the cells, which would reduce their generation capability.
Get rid of your old water heater and put in a green, tankless one. Tankless water heaters do require energy for operation, but since they heat water on demand, power is not wasted by keeping a full tank hot 24/7. You can get a tankless heater that will supply the whole house or one that supplies a single hot-water faucet.
Dress in warm clothes to cut costs! You will feel 2 degrees warmer with a light sweater, and 4 degrees warmer with a heavy one. Add a hat, scarf and gloves for even more warmth. Wearing slightly heavier clothes is not any less comfortable and can save you significant money.
Each home is in a unique location and can be laid out in numerous designs. These differences can tend to cause some green technologies to not be available and to not work in certain places. Some will work for any home, and some are site-specific. Use the advice given here to determine which technologies are best suited for your particular situation.