Using Solar Power Around Your Home

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On several occasions, you have thought about looking into green energy, but something about it seems too complicated and keeps you from actually doing it. The information that is presented in this article is just the information you need to help your home reap the benefits from green energy. So read on and see what changes you can make.

Speak with your utility company about receiving your electric power from a renewable source. Many metropolitan areas get some of their power from hydroelectric, geothermal, solar, or wind powered plants. Often, the electric company can simply apply a certain amount of your electric bill to renewable energy without you needing to make any other changes.

Instead of using A/C in the summer, wear natural fabrics. Natural fabrics, such as cotton, allow skin to remain cool by drawing moisture away from skin. Wearing lighter colors will also help, because they tend to reflect light.

Try heating your home with a wood pellet stove. The pellets burned in a pellet stove are made of highly compact sawdust. They burn so cleanly than they are not required to get an EPA certification for emissions. Be aware, however, that the cost of the pellets may be high in some areas.

Reverse the direction of the blades on your fan if you’d like to cut heating costs by as much as 10 percent! Although most people use fans for cooling, it’s possible to use them to suck cold air up and make your home feel much warmer without turning up the heat.

Use solar hot water. By installing a solar hot water system, you can use solar power to heat the water you use for everything in your home. It will work for your showers, washing dishes and doing laundry. If you are worried about not getting enough sun, you can invest in a small, traditional water heater as well.

Heat your home with a pellet stove. Pellets are basically made of compressed sawdust: they burn without any emanation and are much easier to store and transport than a pile of wood. Before investing in a pellet stove, you should find a place where you can get affordable pellets first.

Wash your clothes in cold water. Clothes come just as clean if you use cold water instead of hot water, and making the switch can save a lot of energy. Most of the energy used to wash clothes is the energy the water heater uses to heat the water.

Try to get your mail, like bills, sent to you through email. Going paperless can help the environment in many ways. This helps businesses you deal with reduce their energy expenses, and it helps you reduce energy expenses, as well. This also keeps the environment in better shape for everyone.

So as you can see, it really is not that hard to make changes in your life that will help you take advantage of green energy. So, take that first step and see what even a small change can make. In return, you will be sure to make the world a better place for all.