For some time, you have been trying diligently to use less energy in your home. Alarmed by your high energy bills, combined with a desire to live as “green” a life a possible, you have already upgraded the insulation in your home and have invested in as many energy-efficient appliances your budget has allowed.
Now, you are ready to take your energy efficiency to the next level, with additional ways to help your abode run cheaper and cleaner.
With this in mind, check out the following ideas:
Use long-lasting batteries whenever possible
If you despise throwing batteries in the trash can after using them for only a few short weeks, you might look into products that use a longer-lasting and rechargeable lithium-ion battery. For instance, if you are in the market for a security system for your home and you want one that is as environmentally friendly as possible, consider the wire-free cameras from Lorex Technology. Each camera comes with a two-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery Power Pack. The batteries are not only powerful and long-lasting, offering about four months of use before needing to be recharged. In addition, the powerful LED lights on the wire-free cameras are also energy efficient, while providing high-quality night vision with an 80-foot range.
Look into energy-efficient landscaping
If your home seems to be cooking on the inside on warm summer days and your A/C unit is continually running, you may wish to research landscaping options that will help to shade your home. As Energy.gov notes, both shade and a process called evapotranspiration, in which a plant will move and release water vapor, will both reduce the surrounding air temperatures by as much as 6 degrees Fahrenheit.
Also, because the cooler air settles near the ground, the air right under a tree can be as much as 25 degrees cooler than the nearby sidewalk or grass. In order to block as much solar heat as you can during the summer, deciduous trees with high branches with leaves that spread out are a great option, especially when planted on the south side of your home. Vines are also a good choice; when they climb up and cover a wall of a home, they can provide natural insulation from the heat. Google some local landscapers and/or ask friends for recommendations and get a few quotes from companies that can design and plant new landscaping that will cool your home while looking great and saving energy.
Consider alternative energy sources
It is also possible to harness the power of the sun and wind to provide energy for your home. For example, if you live in a sunny climate like California or Arizona, solar power might be an outstanding and cost-effective option. Some states also offer generous rebates for solar energy panels that can drastically lower how much you are paying. As Earth911 notes, in New York an average-sized solar power system might cost about $60,000 — but thanks to the state’s rebates and tax credits, you may be able to get it for about $11,000. Wind might also be a good option for you, especially if you are in a coastal area; if you have an HOA you should check with them and local zoning laws to see about installing a wind turbine on your property. Check out three reliable alternative energy sources to explore to see what might work best in your area and home.
You have already taken the first steps at lowering your use of energy and the utility bills, now you can do even more. By looking into your battery usage, planting some well-positioned trees and possibly buying or renting a solar power system or wind turbine, you will live a greener life that leaves more “green” in your wallet.
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