Do not let the idea of making major changes to your home overwhelm you. It is tough to understand where to start and how to improve the environment (and your life) the most. Take time to read the following guidelines to determine the things that could greatly benefit your house.
If you plan to purchase lighting for your deck or patio, you should give solar-powered lamps a try. These lamps require now power source, except the sun, and are generally inexpensive. This saves a lot of energy! It also means you do not to have string up those outdoor lights.
Try to use cold water for washing clothes. If you use warm or hot water in your washing machine, almost 90% of your energy use goes towards heating the water. Washing clothes in cold water can be just as effective as a warm cycle, especially with today’s cold water detergents. Also, don’t wash your clothes until you can completely fill the washer, as this saves energy over time.
Rather than using an air conditioner during the summer, wear clothes that are natural. By wearing natural fabrics, such as cotton, you will keep moisture away from your skin and help it stay cooler. Wear light colors; dark colors tend to make you feel warm and you will be likelier to turn on the air conditioner.
Do you happen to own some farmland? Farms are the perfect place to put a wind turbine. If you don’t have a farm, you might be able to rent from someone. Not only does it take up very little space, both you and the neighbors will greatly benefit from this free energy.
Every home has a different layout and is in different areas. Since each home has its own characteristics, what will work for one, may not work for another. There are some that will work for every home, and others that will not. Figure out what tips work for your household and make sure you utilize them.