It can be easier to cut back on resources used for running your home than you may think. Implementing small changes and perhaps a few major changes can save you money immensely as you reduce your negative impact on the environment. Here are some places you can start.
When designing outdoor lighting for your patio or garden path, consider solar-powered lamps. They don't use any energy other than solar energy and they are cost effective. Not only does this save energy. You will not have to hook up the lights to an electrical source.
Lower heating costs with solar heating systems for your pools or hot tubs. Using natural gas and electricity is certainly the norm, but it's not very energy efficient. By contrast, solar energy is very efficient, and it keeps water temperatures steady just as well as traditional heating methods. Certain upgrades, though expensive, qualify for specific tax deductions.
One way to help conserve energy is to use window treatment to block sunlight. Installing blinds and curtains will also help. If you do both of these it will cool your house down so you won't have to use as much air conditioning in the summer. You will save both money and energy in the process.
There are government grants available to help people invest in green energy. Contact your city or county government and ask about energy conservation programs available in your area. Depending on your local energy programs, you could end up getting a renewable energy system set up for your home for free.
You can save electricity by unplugging chargers when they are not in use. Chargers used for cell phones, laptops, mp3 players and other electronic devices use power when they're plugged in, even if they aren't charging your device.
Do you currently own a farm? If you do happen to own some farmland, try renting some of the land to a power company that specializes in wind energy solutions. The turbine will provide free energy to you and close neighbors, and won't take up much space.
Use window treatments to shade the inside of your home when you aren't home. This keeps your home cooler naturally, reducing the strain on your air conditioner and saving energy. Generally, the south-facing windows get the most sun because of their position. When possible, however, cover all of your windows with special shades like roller shades, roman shades or dark, thick curtains.
Do not use your dishwasher unless it contains a full load of dishes. Dishwashers do not allow for minimizing water or power consumption. It is the same, full or not. Make use of the air drying, energy-saving option on your washer.
If you'd like to cut down your hot water bill, look into using solar energy. Consider a solar water heater. Indirect or direct circulation systems are both available. Indirect systems are the best option for those who have frozen pipes during the winter.
Use the ideas laid out here and apply them to your daily home life. Not only will you have a lower energy bill, the benefit to the environment is much greater. Your home can be very green if you make a few changes at a time.