As many of us within our society today, I have thought of which ways that I may go green within my household. The first thing that I noticed is that going green does not necessarily mean saving money. Many of the option for reducing my energy consumption ended up costing me more money than its was saving, as I am sure some of you are also finding out.
The first and easiest concept on going green are the changing of your light bulbs, right?! Well you have 2 options here – fluorescent bulbs and LED bulbs (which are the newest option). I don’t know about you but the light given off of fluorescent bulbs is not the warmest or most comforting light to have in your house, but we are here discussing going green, not necessarily our best preference. Yet the costs are double that of normal bulbs, and have not noticed any lasting as long as they state. The newest option being the LED options – well they are supposed to last so much longer and save considerably more energy, but they give off the starkest light (oops, not supposed to be talking preference again, supposed to be talking going Green), and talk about cost – over $30 a bulb. I went through a little bit of sticker shock, and financial counseling on how much it would cost to replace all the lights within my house with these new LED bulbs.
The second concept is moving toward high efficiency energy star appliances. This concept actually hits the target more with both going Green and saving money within our household. Face it how much percentage of our household energy usage is really put into light bulbs. The major issue with changing out your household appliances, i.e. Stove, Refrigerator, HVAC system, etc., is the upfront cost and time to obtain your return on investment. Face it, no one is going to go out there and replace all of their appliances just to reduce their carbon footprint in the world. Yes, I would say if you are in the market for a new appliance, then definitely spend the little extra that the energy star, higher efficiency appliance is going to run you. I advise most people to just do as I have done recently in replacing my refrigerator with an energy star side-by-side, but only because the old one kicked the can. I will do the same as my other appliance go bad, but not until that time.
The last concept I would like to discuss with you is the production of our own energy our houses. There are only a few options out there for us to look at – Wind, Solar and Magnetic.
Wind is the simplest of the 3 options, but is more complicated to put into use, but how, right? Well Wind Turbines are a pretty basic concept, but in order to produce a sufficient amount of energy you will need to put up more than one of these turbines. This is why you always hear of Wind Farms because of the amount of the turbines needed to produce a significant amount of energy. I did not get too far with this concept myself because my home owners association would not consider the concept of me sticking up one of these turbines in my lawn.
Solar is good concept and one that I can get by my home owners association to approve. The first part of my research into solar energy was the cost of a solar system. For a system that could put out enough energy to power half of my household energy costs upwards of $20,000 and this is after the thousands of dollars in tax credits that I would still have to put out up front and get back later from the government. So this concept was off to a bad start within my research, but I did find a little light at the end of the tunnel. I found a good system of build your own solar panels. The designs are good and the investment is only a couple hundred dollars which my wallet can handle. I will say that there is still one set back that I have with this concept – it is not always sunny at my house.
Magnetic is a concept that I have just come across in my research, and one that is the most promising to this point! In fact some of you reading this are probably questioning what I am talking about – Magnetic? During my research, I have come across plans to build a magnetic generator for a household. The concept behind the magnetic generator is pretty simple actually. You build a generator where magnets using minimal energy create perpetual energy to create energy! These generators can produce more than 240% more energy than it uses to create the motion. You can build a generator to power your household that is minimal in size as well – it can easily fit in the corner of a garage or storage room. The magnetic generator is the most beneficial concept of all of those that I have researched to this point.