Energy that is naturally replenished is considered to be renewable energy. Using renewable earth energy sources that are naturally renewed can be a great way to offset rising energy prices. The rising cost of electricity is a issue that affects most everyone of us, from the major corporations and businesses down to the homeowner or renter. Energy costs can be reduced by using energy more efficiently and with the help of modern technology based on old ideals.
The cost of your electric bill can be reduced if you follow some simple guidelines and make some fairly inexpensive changes to the way that you use energy in your home or business. To be clear, I would like to use the typical home as an example. The average energy consumption in a U.S. home can be divided into numerous categories. The highest energy category is in heating and cooling the home. This can be almost half of your total electric bill, about forty–five percent. If you figure in eleven more percent for heating hot water and another ten percent for using washers and dryers for clothes that totals 66% of your total electric bill.
Heating and cooling, Hot water, and Laundry are on average the largest sources of energy consumption in a home. These sources can be modified to an extent to help you reduce your electric bill. Here are a few tips about heating and cooling:
* Reduce the amount of energy used to heat and cool your home by using up–to–date energy efficient furnaces or air conditioners.
* Insulate your home properly to reduce heat loss in winter and help keep it cooler in the summer.
* Increase the level of comfort in your home by using programmable thermostats, ceiling fans and insulated windows.
* Keep track of your energy consumption by contacting your utility company or use a web–based energy audit tool.
There are many choices that you can make to reduce some of the cost of electricity that are fairly easy and not that expensive, from using an insulating blanket on your hot water heater to using a clothes line sometimes instead of a dryer. The idea is to reduce your energy consumption as much as possible while still being comfortable at home. Using these tips in addition to researching and implementing others will save you money now and in the future.
Once your energy consumption is reduced and you have cut out or modified the electricity demanding practices in your home, you should be ready to look at alternative sources of energy. Alternative energy sources that are natural and renewable from the earth are your best bet. Electricity generation that has less of an impact on the environment and a bigger savings impact on your wallet is ideal.
The renewable earth energy systems that are available today include photovoltaic solar panels, water powered, geothermal and wind turbine systems. These can all be used at your home either with on site installation or by encouraging the use of these systems on a large scale where available in your area and getting the energy from the utility company. The many different options that are accessible today can be daunting at first, but with a little research and patience you could be well on your way to saving money, reducing your environmental impact and living very comfortably with low cost or free energy.
Don Parks is a HVAC Certified Renewable Energy Consultant and Internet Marketer who happens to be passionate about the outdoors, science, martial arts, quality beers, and helping others.