Caring for the Earth is the responsibility of every single one of us. There are lots of alternative, eco-friendly energy sources you can use, such as solar or wind energy. What are ways that you can be more green on a day-to-day basis? Read further to find out more.
Making small adjustments to the way you use energy every day can ultimately reduce your consumption. Unplug your electrical appliances from outlets when not in use. Always turn off the television and lights when you are not using them. This simple tip can save you a lot of money.
Check whether your furnace filters need to be replaced each month. Make sure that you actually replace these filters at least once each year. It is also recommended to put filters on every register in your home. Debris (and small toys) will not reach the heating ducts to clog the main filter.
Discover all the different sources of energy in your community. Check to see how much it would cost to run your home with these other utilities, and remember to take into account the government bonuses that are sometimes available. You may choose, for example, to go from electric to natural gas for heating, or using a well instead of city water.
If you are really committed to going green, one way to do so is to limit how often you use your electric heater in winter. Instead, make sure each member of your family has sweaters, robes and slippers, and heat your living areas with a pellet stove or fireplace. In addition, this is beneficial to your health, as cooler air keeps your airways from getting too dry, allowing you to breathe easier while sleeping.
Dressing in warm attire can be a great way to cut energy costs while embracing green energy. You will feel 2 degrees warmer with a light sweater, and 4 degrees warmer with a heavy one. Add a hat, scarf and gloves for even more warmth. There's no reason you can't bundle up in the privacy of your own home, so put on a sweater and cut down your energy bill!
Avoid turning the heat up in your home unless you have to. If you find the air a little chilly, put on a sweater or an extra pair of socks. When the heat is turned up to a high level, a lot of unnecessary energy is used.
Keep an eye on the wattage you are using. Try using gadgets like the Kill-A-Watt and the Watt Minder to see what in your home uses too much energy. Plug your appliances in to these devices to find out what amount of energy is required each year, month or hour to run it. With that information, you will be able to calculate how much that appliance costs to operate.
It is more important than ever to increase our use of green energy. It's true that no source of energy is 100% "clean," but alternative energy sources are far more clean that what we are using now. Now you know how you can make this world a little greener for our generation and every generation to come.