by Rachel Saunders
(Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
Everyone wants to be “green”, even if Kermit says it isn’t easy. An excellent first step for the homeowner is to use green energy within their home, but most people don’t know where to start. This article will guide you through some strategies which will help you to green your home in no time!
* Reverse the direction of the blades on your fan if you’d like to cut heating costs by as much as 10 percent! Although most people use fans for cooling, it’s possible to use them to suck cold air up and make your home feel much warmer without turning up the heat.
* Make sure that your home is well insulated. If your home is not insulated correctly, you will use more electricity to heat and cool it. If you are in the market to replace your insulation, consider a spray foam style as it will better insulate your home than the traditional type of insulation.
* A high-efficiency furnace becomes far less efficient with a clogged, dirty filter, so change your furnace filters often. This is especially important if you use tightly-woven pleated filters, because the HVAC system must work much harder to draw in air through its tiny openings. Most filters need to be changed or cleaned at least once every 3 months.
* Do not do your laundry until you have enough for a full load. You will just be wasting water, and energy by doing half loads of laundry. Also, when possible try to set your washing machine to a cooler temperature setting. Let your clothes air dry, rather than putting them in the dryer.
* Throw out your normal light bulbs, and use compact fluorescent bulbsinstead. Often shortened to compact fluorescent bulbs use an amazing 75% less energy than the traditional incandescent bulbs. Plus, the CFL bulbs last up to ten times as long, meaning you are not only saving a lot of energy but a lot of money too!
* Replace an old washing machine with a high-efficiency model for a greener way to do your laundry. High-efficiency machines come in both top-loading and front-loading designs that use less water than standard machines. They also spin clothes at high speeds to wring more water out of them, helping them dry faster.
* If you are planning to go green in your home, you may want to consider contacting your utility provider to learn about your options. They may have some great suggestions for you look into. If they do not have the options for you, they can direct you to where you can find them.
* Making changes to an existing home is very costly. If you want to start using green energies, you should think about moving or getting a new house built. Look for certain features such as running water or good exposure to the sun and wind when buying a new property or home.
While it will take some time, effort and dedication to put what you’ve learned here into effect in your home, the rewards will be worth every second. Lowered bills, less reliance on the grid and a warm, fuzzy feeling in your heart are just some of the benefits you’ll enjoy, so get startedtoday!.