DIY Green Energy For Homes

Ten Energy Saving Tips to Utilize Today

Are you looking for ways to cut down on your power expenses?

1. Insulate - Heat loss through walls, floors, windows and ceilings can waste 50% or more of the average home's utility bill in winter.

You can save money immediately by sealing doors and windows from the outside and adding foam insulation to roof cavities.

There are also ways to weatherize windows and doors such as under floor protection can be retrofitted to most houses by the average DIY enthusiast, and the cost savings will pay for this in two years or less.

2. Monitor appliances - Ever realizes how much the TV, computer, washing machine and clock radio use electricity while on standby?

Turn off at the wall and save hundreds of dollars in a year by this simple act.

3. Choose renewable energy sources - Solar power and wind power can reduce your dependence on the utility company to zero, and even make you a few dollars by sending extra generation capacity back.

Simple systems can be made by the DIY homeowner with some woodworking ability and at a cost that may amaze you.

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4. Change your lighting - Remove old incandescent light bulbs and replace with CFL's needing only 25% of the electricity and replacement in five times as many years.

Dimmers, time switches and learning to turn off the light when leaving a room will cut energy demand here dramatically as well.

5. Water heating pipes and usage - Water heating drains 30% of the home's energy needs in a year, and yet much of this is wasted if the tanks and piping are poorly insulated.

Turn the temperature setting down a few degrees, especially in summer, and benefit immediately from savings here.

6. Look at new appliances with better energy ratings. - All appliances have been energy rated, and efficiencies in energy demand are available for you to compare different makes and models when you are looking at replacements.

Even if they are new, choosing settings that match the load and using only to capacity will save you money and power.

Cold washes are just as effective for most appliances and using an oven to prepare several meals ahead of time also more efficient.

7. Grow own vegetables - Save the energy needed to transport produce, process and store it and the eco-unfriendly packaging while using the opportunity to recycle food waste and garden compost.

Buy locally grown and seasonal vegetables if you aren't motivated to grow your own. Fresh is best!

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8. Use public transport, walk or car pool - The car is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and demands an increasingly rare resource -oil.

While alternative fuels are available and new ones being developed, the short term options should be looked at closely.

9. Insulate roof with green roof garden and install roof turbines - A roof garden is almost the perfect insulation for your home and will provide a visual benefit to the environment as well.

Low maintenance and a buffer against some of the extremes of weather are other benefits, and when combined with a roof turbine will keep your home cool in summer and dry and warm in winter with less heating energy required.

10. Eco-audit your workplace and educate on recycling - Look around your workplace at small things you can do to save energy like replacing lighting with more energy efficient systems.

Institute a policy of recycling everything from waste paper, packaging and surplus furniture to computers and food scraps if they are produced.

The workplace is the next frontier for energy savings, and small beginnings will motivate others as the examples are seen to be easily achievable.

These tips are just the tip of the iceberg on how to save energy, but with even these substantial savings can be made in energy use and those utility bills at the same time!

You ought to consider building your own solar panels, they're easy to do and will save you money and the earth's non-renewable resources in the long run: