Get Green Energy for Your Home

Posted By admin , on July 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM .
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Sustainable living and green energy get a lot of press these days, but many homeowners believe that upgrading a home with eco-friendly technology and employing sustainable building techniques is difficult or expensive. While new technology will often cost more due to its exclusivity, several affordable green energy options do exist today for homeowners seeking to reduce their carbon footprint.

The simplest method for using green energy doesn’t actually require any change within the house, and relies entirely on the type of energy harnessed by an electricity provider. One of the first steps a homeowner should take to start using green energy is to search a website like http://www.powertochoosetx.org/ to find different electricity suppliers that provide services based upon eco-friendly power like wind turbines.

A second, simple step that will help to reduce the electricity required by the average home is a look at all of the appliances and fixtures within the home. Traditional incandescent light bulbs use a tremendous amount of energy compared to new LED lights (which last for years) and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. In addition, a twenty-year-old refrigerator could be using a ton of energy when compared against the energy used by a new appliance. The energy used by new appliances is incredibly low compared with devices that were on the market just a decade ago.

For homeowners interested in significant change within the home toward green-friendly designs, the third phase of reducing the home’s carbon footprint would come from self-sustaining eco-friendly devices such as solar panels and wind turbines. An incredible amount of research on solar panels has been accomplished in the last several years, and researchers suggest that within the next decade, harnessing solar energy will no longer require bulky solar panels and will be available from paper-thin solar-cells.

Alternatively, there are some sustainable building techniques that may also reduce monthly electricity bills and energy usage, such as the installation of new windows and doors that won’t leak and allow cool air to escape in the summer. Also available are improved roofing tiles that feature a thermal barrier that reduces the need to run the air conditioner so often.

A homeowner must also consider that initial installation of green and renewable energy options that harness the power of biofuels, the wind, and the sun may require some initial investment, but the savings in cost will offer immense benefit. As green energy becomes more commonplace, homeowners may start to see reductions in monthly electricity bills as renewable options become less expensive to maintain than fossil fuel plants.

Waste Management In the Eco-Friendly Home

Posted By admin , on June 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM .
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Households that are looking to keep themselves green have one big daunting challenge that perhaps most of the rest of us do not. They have to figure out how to deal with the waste that their home produces without ruining their efforts to make their home a green one. That is why these households need things like local recycling facilities and the like. That is really the only way that they can continue to carry (more…)

The Pros of Using Recycled Materials to Build a Home

Posted By admin , on June 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM .
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Creating a greener and more sustainable home from the ground up has many potential advantages. The high cost and more limited results that can be had from renovating an existing property may not be an issue that home owners wish to bother themselves with. Constructing a new home to be as efficient as possible may provide them with the chance to enjoy greater success in their efforts to protect the environment and the means to make the most out of their investment. Green construction can provide many advantages that savvy home (more…)

Building a Home That Is Off the Grid

Posted By admin , on June 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM .
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Building a brand new home can be difficult because of all the planning and expense that is involved. The first step is to buy a piece of property that you can use when you are planning on building your very own home. From there, you will be able to hire contractors to do most of the work for you so that you don’t have to worry about it all by yourself. This is going to save you a lot (more…)

Making Your Heating and Cooling System More Efficient

Posted By admin , on June 11, 2013 at 12:00 AM .
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When the temperatures hit below freezing or the summer heat makes you sweat even when you’ve turned on every fan you could find in an attempt to cool down, it can be very difficult to resist the urge to adjust the thermostat. While raising or lowering the thermostat to make your home more comfortable has negative impacts on your wallet, there are ways to make your HVAC systems more efficient.

When it comes to your HVAC systems, many homeowners neglect to take proper care of their equipment. One of the easiest ways to keep your system working efficiently is (more…)

Buildings and Their Negative Impact on the Environment

Posted By admin , on June 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM .
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Throughout history, human beings have built shelters to survive amongst the harsh elements. From simple caves and straw huts to today’s skyscrapers, buildings are a constant throughout humanities existence.

Today, with over 8 billion people on the planet, hundreds of new buildings are built every day across the globe. While we think of buildings are marvels of modern construction, most do extreme harm to the environment. The more buildings in an area, the greater the environmental (more…)