10 Quick Tips to Start Using Green Energy

Solar Panels on a residential home

To conserve energy and save on costs, you may unplug your electronics, use CFL lightbulbs, and keep your thermostat programmed at all times. Those steps may help, do you ever wonder if you could do––and save––more by using green energy sources? Using green energy means using solar, wind, water, and geothermal power sources which are all renewable energy source options. Installing solar panels or geothermal heating units and going off-the-grid may not be an option for you. If you're looking for something quicker and easier, check out our 10 quick tips to start using green energy today. You can feel good knowing you're helping the planet and possibly your bank balance.

  1. Install solar-powered outdoor lights to replace battery-operated or plug-in versions.
  2. Use fresh air as a cooling option by opening your windows when the temperatures drop to comfortable levels instead of using your AC.
  3. Open your curtain and turn off lamps and lights whenever possible to let the sun light your way.
  4. Cover your windows with Low-e window film. It lets in light, but reflects 90 percent or more of the sun's heat.
  5. Use a clothesline instead of a dryer to save $0.36 per 45-minute load of laundry. Use sun and air instead of electricity to dry your clothes.
  6. Replace your conventional pool heating system with a solar-powered system.
  7. Plant deciduous trees and shrubbery to create natural shade, which will help reduce cooling costs in the summer.
  8. Consider a small grid-connected wind turbine to help power your home. This option works best if you live in a rural area, but you’ll need to check local ordinances for restrictions.
  9. Opt for solar-powered gadgets and tools around your home such as portable fans.
  10. Choose green energy options, such as solar panels, to power your home.

Whether you want to save money on your utility bill each month, protect the environment for future generations, or both, small changes can make a big difference.

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