The threat of Global warming and the subsequent environmental destruction, caused by it are phenomena we all are aware of and the need to practice eco-friendly measures has taken the entire world by storm. From large Companies to Restaurants, all are concerned and are doing their bit for the environment.
As an individual, you too can take steps to save the planet by adopting simple eco-friendly measures in your own home. Besides, with the prices of gas sky-rocketing, you would be saving yourself a packet of money, by going green.
During winter months, maximum energy is required to keep our home insulated and warm. But in most cases, this energy is wasted and can be saved by simple measures. Below are some tips to keep your home warm and reduce your energy bills, while doing so.
One of the best ways to live a green life is to harness all natural energies available to us, instead of using only electricity. Solar energy is a simple and smart way to power your home. You can install solar panels, which transform the rays of the sun, into energy that can be used for daily living. Today there are a number of solar powered gadgets also available. It is true that solar panels require a large investment, but this more than compensates itself in the next few years.
Use Biofuels and alternate energy sources to heat your home. A new and eco-friendly method is to use the Pellet Stove, instead of the regular stove. Pellets are a product of compacted sawdust and wood. Pellets cost half the price of regular electricity and are 35% cheaper than oil.
Windows are made to bring in light and air, but you can turn them into natural insulators by installing Storm Shields. These can actually increase the temperature inside your home by almost 30d F. If installing storm windows is not a viable option, you can simply cover them with clear plastic sheets. This will prevent heat loss through windows by almost 50%.
Change your Thermostat for a programmable one. Have you ever realized that your thermostat remains at the same temperature all of the time? There is no need of heating when you are not in, so turn it down for those hours. A study done claims that by turning down your thermostat by 10-15 degrees for approximately 8 hours a day, you could reduce your energy bills by 10% a year.
A highly efficient and one of the simplest ways to conserve energy is to make your home weather proof. There are always holes and drafts in any home. Immediately fill these with caulk and patch them up. This will prevent the cold from entering inside and undue waste of energy.
If you use only a small part of your home, using centralized heating for the whole area is pointless. In such a case you can use space-heaters. They are light, portable and can be used where you wish to have them. These will also save you a lot in terms of money over time.
Fireplaces can actually drain you with high costs, if you are using old models. These old models have an open hearth, which produces less warmth, in comparison to what they consume. One way to improve an old fireplace’s efficiency is to use a fireplace insert, to make it airtight and help in conserving energy.
Last but not the least; small things can make a big difference to insulating your home, without using p much energy or requiring a large investment. Start by using drapes that suit the weather. During winter, you can use heavy textures, which will naturally keep the heat in. Similarly running ceiling fans causes heat, which has risen to circulate and warm the area.
Ovens, once used can be kept open, allowing warmth to enter the room. In your own way you can practice a number of small things, which will not only save you money in the long run, but will help save the Earth as well.
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