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When you’re looking at ways to be more environmentally conscious, and lower your carbon footprint, you’ve probably come across the idea of energy conservation. Energy conservation, or efficient energy usage isn’t a single thing. There are energy efficient appliances, lights, heating, even building materials. But conserving energy covers a lot of different habits, big and small.
The reason energy conservation helps the environment is by decreasing power plant emissions. That can mean harvesting your own clean energy, recycling and conserving water, or keeping an eye on your thermostat. But little steps like that are just the beginning. You’d be amazed at just how many ways you can cut down on energy consumption at home. So once you really start thinking about it and getting more information you’ll see more energy savings.
Best of all, anything that cuts down on your energy, is going to cut down on your energy bill, too. And that’s good news for you, and the planet.
We lose a lot of heat in the summer, and cool air in the winter especially with an air conditioning unit. Central air uses less energy to run, and the best portable AC units can run on battery, but it’s still eating up a lot of energy. An energy-efficient door can help you keep air and heat in the house. But a storm door has a protective coating that can help reduce your energy loss by up to 50%, according to the US Department of Energy. They’re affordable, at $75 to start, and can last between 25 to 50 years.
While you’re looking at storm drawers, be sure to look at getting your home re insulated, especially if it’s more than 30 years old, and keep windows sealed properly. These are all great ways to keep the outside temperature from getting inside, one way or another. Winter or summer, that’s going to keep your thermostat even, and save you money.
Solar panels are surprisingly cheap now, and it’s easy to find portable solar chargers for keeping your small devices charged without having to plug into an outlet. Adding a few solar panels and switching out your tablet charger for something solar-powered are two relatively simple ways to generate more clean energy to use, instead of the fossil fuel burned during your regular energy consumption.
If you’re overwhelmed by the prospect of solar panels and how best to generate your own power, there are plenty of companies which can help you retrofit your home to be more environmentally friendly. Adjustments can be made even to older homes to keep them eco-friendly.
This is by far one of the simplest and least expensive items on our list. LED lighting is a far more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly way of lighting your home than traditional incandescent bulbs. They last hundreds of times longer than incandescent bulbs, so they cost less to replace, and less are produced. They’re safe to use outside in all weather and don’t carry the risk of shock. Best of all, unlike traditional bulbs, there are no toxic materials used in production. They are clean and totally recyclable, making them the best possible light source for a green home. Save yourself money, save the environment, and get a more efficient form of lighting, and all you have to do is swap the bulb out. Sounds perfect to me!
Conserving water comes high on the list of environmental concerns, right along with energy conservation. With a few changes and swaps to your fixtures and water tank, you can drastically cut down your water consumption. Choose a tankless hot water system to heat and cool your water much cheaper, using much less energy.
Install low-flow fixtures in your showers and bathtubs. There are also low-flow toilets, but simply placing a brick in your toilet tank will help. This method means getting the same amount of flush pressure while displacing enough water that it won’t pass through the toilet. Switching to showers instead of baths, and turning off your tap when you brush your teeth, are also good ways to cut down on water consumption and can save you about $170 a year.
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