It can seem overwhelming to make changes to your home. Figuring out how to start and what you need to help yourself and the environment can be hard. For solutions to the problems potentially posed by going green with your household energy use, check out the following helpful tips.
Replace or clean your furnace filter at least once every 90 days, and check it once per month for build-up. Adding filters to your warm-air registers is not a bad idea, either. This stops debris from blocking heating ducts.
Use cold water for laundry, whenever you can. Almost all of the energy used to wash clothes is used to heat the water. Washing clothes in cold water can be just as effective as a warm cycle, especially with today’s cold water detergents. Don’t forget to wait until you have a full load of laundry to wash; that is the energy efficient way.
Check with a technician and see if switching to biodiesel for your home instead of fuel oil is a viable option for you. A lot of the existing systems can be modified with minimal parts or alterations. Biodiesel is great because it is more efficient and produces less pollution that standard oil, which will reduce your carbon footprint.
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint as well as save some money, do a load of dishwashing only when the dishwasher is filled to capacity. Properly loading the dishwasher prior to running it will save both energy and money. You may be shocked to learn the number of dishes that can be loaded into a dishwasher. Take care to line up your dishes, so you are able to put in as many as you can.
Help to control the air flow in your own home by installing a storm door and storm windows too. Storm windows and doors prevent cold air drafts filtering into openings. Homeowners will see a significant savings on their electric bill and will benefit from an increase in the energy efficiency of their home by up to 45 percent once stormed windows and doors are installed in their homes.
Every home is different. It is important to keep these parameters in mind when choosing a technology. There are some green solutions that one homeowner may implement but that may not work for another. Keep your home’s specifics in mind when determining which energy tips will work for you.