DIY Green Energy For Homes

Ways to Green Up Your Home

Well the best thing to do would be plant a garden and put in a few fruit and nut trees if you have the space in the yard, but there are many approaches you can take to being truly green.

The smallest change you make can save you money as well as having an impact on the environment, and don't think for a second that your actions will not be worthwhile.

Non renewable energy from fossil fuels is adding to global warming with the emissions produced during power generation, so look at your ability to reduce consumption in your home today.

Lighting using new generation CFL bulbs will cut your demand for power here by as much as 70 per cent and the units last up to 5 times the use of the old incandescent bulbs.

Hot water thermostats turned down 10? will reduce heating utility costs here by 10-15 per cent immediately. Cutting your vehicle speed by 10mph will save fuel at 10 per cent or more and you will feel less stressed at having to maintain concentration at higher speed.

When you examine how your home operates in more detail, an eco-audit will show how many areas of daily life can easily be adapted to save even more energy and reduce that utility bill.

Use your appliances on settings that are appropriate to the load they have. Don't just wash a few dishes at a time or a couple of clothing items. You won't be wasting just power either but the precious resource that is water.

When the machine is not in use turn it off at the wall as standby power demand for even a clock radio can add up to $5 per month.

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Computers use even more in this mode so get used to shutting them down completely. On the same subject, get into the habit of turning lights off when leaving a room, or put in timers to do so automatically.

Habits in another area need to change as well. Learn to separate rubbish and recycle where you can. Some cities will process everything from glass, plastic, metal and paper products after it has been sorted by the homeowner.

You can use any leftover food scraps and garden waste for compost to enrich your soil as well.

When looking at food and other grocery items choose those that have the least packaging and are fresh. Highly processed produce and food that has needed wrapping to get it to you is not only eco-unfriendly but possibly not even as healthy as that you can grow yourself.

When it comes to choosing your power consider the possibility of adding your own solar or wind power generator to the home. For relatively little outlay, some basic DIY skills and kit sets from genuine suppliers you can become entirely self sufficient.

Making sure the home is well insulated will reduce demand and make the choice of renewable energy even easier. This may mean adding insulation from the roof cavity, in to wall linings and right under the floor to be completely effective, but the payback in reduced energy demand will be 2-3 years in most cases. A great investment!

From the above it can be seen that ways to green up your home are almost limitless. From the roof down to the basement small changes will result in a greener home. When you shower in the morning use a timer, fit a lower pressure showerhead and insulate the pipes carrying the hot water to start the day on a more efficient green note.

Consider sharing that commute in a car pool or take public transport to reduce your carbon footprint even further and the die is cast to a greener world for future generations. The more you do, the easier it will get and your friends and neighbors will begin to follow the lead you take.

You could be saving money and ensuring you eat the most nutritious foods by having your own fruit and veggie garden. Check out this simple guide by 1 Stop Organic Gardening: