The energy needed to water your lawn, fuel your car, and heat or cool your home leaves a carbon footprint in the environment. For a green home, common sense and simple techniques will enable you to save on upfront expenses and other major costs such as installation. You can slash your energy consumption by half and reduce your ecological impact by using green technologies in your home.
Insulate Your Home:
The most important step is to prevent the loss of energy from your house. According to statistics, 10% of the energy people use in their homes is lost due to poor insulation. Get a local contractor to seal the house completely to prevent the escape of energy. Although it might take a few years to recoup the initial investment, the long term benefits outweigh this cost.
Get Double Pane Windows:
Similar to poor insulation, single pane windows contribute to 25% of energy loss in your home. Double pane windows are adequately sealed to keep energy inside the house, but they’re expensive to buy and install. In addition, the installation process will cause slight discomfort because it’s somewhat major construction.
Alternatively, you can seal the windows using a DIY insulator kit that is cheaper to buy. This method is not long lasting.
Install a Rainwater Collection System:
Rainwater can easily be harvested through a simple mechanical system connected to the gutter. Modern systems come with a network for collecting the water and a barrel for storing it. The DIY kits are inexpensive and the systems are easy to assemble. The time it will take to recoup the expense depends on the type of harvesting system you install and frequency of use.
Get Energy Efficient Appliances:
Check for the Energy Star symbol on home appliances before you buy them. An energy efficient appliance uses less energy when compared to its counterparts in the market. For example, when you buy an energy efficient fridge, it will use around 15% less power and water than the other models. Energy Star appliances will cut down your utility bills by 50%.
Monitor Power Use:
Statistics reveal that more than 20% of wasted energy can be blamed on devices that are not in use but are still draining power. An excellent solution is installing a smart power strip that senses where energy is being wasted, such as on fully charged electronic gadgets, and then indicate where it’s needed.
Install a Wind Generator:
A wind generator does not necessarily have to be a huge windmill like the ones found in hilly, windy farms, it can be a smaller version of these massive power structures. The cost of buying and installing the generator varies greatly because you can construct your own with over-the-counter parts, buy a ready kit, or hire professional help. The power capability of the generator depends on the initial investment.
Finally, before you decide to upgrade your home, keep in mind the upfront costs associated with the task; make smaller changes first. You can then incorporate as many other green technologies later on for optimal results.