Can you actually save money while helping to save the environment? If you employ these 3 simple green energy strategies, yes you can. Start by reducing your current energy usage. Second, when you replace a home appliance or electronic device replace them with energy efficient items. Finally, consider using solar or wind power for some of your home energy needs. Let’s examine each of these areas in more detail.
Energy conservation. Do a home energy audit yourself. Are your windows and doors weather tight? Check the caulking and weatherstripping. If needed replace the old with new. Do you have enough insulation in your attic? Measure the thickness, compare that result with government guidelines for your area and if needed add more.
Install a programmable thermostat on your furnace. This will allow you to automatically reduce the temperature while you are working and then increase the temperature just before you get home for the evening. For every one degree you reduce your temperature, over an eight hour period, you can save up to 1 percent of your heating cost.
Switch out your incandescent light bulbs with compact florescent light bulbs. When you replace your existing incandescent light bulbs with these bulbs you could save up to seventy-five percent on your home lighting cost.
Don’t forget to check the temperature setting on your hot water heater. Many times they are set at a higher setting than necessary. Reduce the setting to no higher than 120 degrees. This will provide comfortable hot water for most uses.
Incorporate these energy saving ideas, along with any you come up with, and you will save money while reducing your energy consumption.
Energy efficient appliances and electronics. When you replace an appliance or electronic device, make sure the new item is energy efficient. Compare operating costs by checking the bright yellow and black EnergyGuide label. Look for Energy Star labeled products that exceed the minimum federal standards for energy consumption. For example, many of the Energy Star labeled computers use up to 70% less electricity than computers without this designation.
When you consider the lifespan of major appliances, energy efficient appliances will save you energy and money over time.
Consider installing solar or wind power. During the past decade the cost of home solar and wind power generation has declined. Many families have saved money by generating their electric with solar panels or wind turbines. Investigate what is involved with alternative home energy. You may find that installing solar or wind power options will help you save money.
It is a fact of life that our current energy production and consumption is costly and harmful to our environment. Implementing these 3 ideas could save you money while saving a small part of our environment.
Royce E. Anderson is a businessman and real estate investor.