If every person used only the energy he really need, the world would be a better place. This means, less pollution, less stress and lower bills. For some unknown reason, we simply deny to live green. We want more gadgets and bigger cars. If you actually want to try living green, start from your home. Because you spend a lot of time inside, saving energy there is the most important. There are many solutions to achieve that.
- The first is to prepare your home for green living. Fix air leaks and cracks all around the house. Heating and cooling make 45% of your monthly bill, so reducing it, would be a good thing.
- Start using appliance and gadgets that save energy. There are many new and hi-tech appliances that are more efficient than the older and they use less energy.
- Install Skylights on the places where you don’t have windows. With them, you don’t have to turn on the light, during daylight.
- Get tax credits. If you use Energy Star windows, storm doors, weather stripping and skylights, you can receive $500.
- Use landscape. Plant deciduous trees on the west and south sides of your home. During winter, trees will let the sun so it can help you heat your home. On the other hand, during the summer, trees will shade your home, so you will use less energy for cooling.
- Installing a ceiling fan is also useful. It will save you 40% of cooling bills during the summer. All you need to do is to set it to spin counterclockwise. They use the same amount of energy as a 100 watt bulb.
- Use cold water instead a hot anytime you can.