Save Energy at Home for a Green World
Alternative Energy is the new buzz word of the moment. You can’t open a newspaper or turn on the TV right now without being confronted with yet another article about the decline of fossil fuels. When most people think about alternative energy they think about environmentally friendly sources of the newest green technology, like solar, wind, or geothermal.
The search for “alternative energy sources” is a worldwide effort. Governments, scientists and universities all around the world have been, and will continue to invest billions of dollars into finding ways of replacing conventional fossil fuels with the newest green energy. The continual search for a truly clean and sustainable energy sources that will provide an answer not just for today, but for generations to come has now become a worldwide objective.
Soaring energy prices are just beginning to make themselves felt throughout the economy and it’s a sure bet that rising energy costs will be passed on through the system affecting practically everything we buy. So most people are in agreement that as the world slowly moves to depleting the Earth of its natural resources, we need to reduce our dependency on non-renewable sources of energy such as the common types of fossil fuels known as coal, petroleum oil and natural gas.
But where does that leave you and what can you do to improve your energy situation. Well the average home in the USA today uses about 20 kilo-watt-hours of electricity each and every day. So to cut your energy bills in half, you have to find a way to either save or generate 10 kWh of electricity a day from some other free, alternative energy source, or eliminate that much usage each day by saving energy by switching off your lights and appliances.
Many folks are taking green energy technologies more seriously. Simple plans are available on how to convert your home to run on DIY wind or solar power for as little as $100. The first question most often asked when starting a DIY conversion project is will one large solar panel or one wind turbine be enough for my needs. But without some basic research of your homes energy consumption there is not enough information to answer that question. So, let us look at this situation and find out what is the most cost effective way to reduce energy consumption without increasing costs.
First, begin by checking how energy efficient your home actually is and apply some of the practical and inexpensive ways to reduce your energy consumption before starting a green energy project. Conserve energy in the home, by switching off lights or disconnecting phone chargers when not in use. Switch off TV’s and game consoles rather than leave on standby. Exchanging ordinary light bulbs with energy saving led lights that last up to 50 times longer than normal bulbs, while at the same time using 80% less electricity.
Saving energy means being resourceful so take actions like insulating and weather-stripping your home around drafty doors and windows. Purchase energy saving products which are Energy Star certified like high efficiency domestic appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators. Simple actions like these is usually the smartest, most economical and most potent environmental action you can take. Not only will it save you money, it will help assure that your children and their children will benefit from the resources that we enjoy, but too often take for granted.
It is not easy becoming energy-efficient but start by saving energy at home and lowering your utility bills before you focus on installing expensive solar panels or a wind turbine generator. These cleaner and greener alternative energy sources may provide the electricity we need, but minimizing our energy usage is still the first step to take. Whenever you save energy, not only are you saving money, but you are also reducing the demand for burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas. Less burning of fossil fuels also means lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary contributor to global warming, and other pollutants.
There are many other ways that you can do to promote energy efficiency and save energy in your home. You just have to do them every day to gain the benefits.
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