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Green Energy Isn’t Just For Hippies Anymore!

You might have overheard someone talking about the benefits of upgrading your home with various things to save energy and money. There are a lot of good things about going green, from helping the environment to tax breaks. The next few paragraphs will explore solar panels in more depth, with a specific focus on where you can buy them.

Ask your electric company for tips and advice on how to cut your electric bill. Many power companies have websites with tools that allow you to calculate your hourly energy consumption and tips for reducing your bill. Electric companies can also show you how to get the best green-energy appliances and light bulbs.

Just start using less energy every day. Unplug your electrical appliances from outlets when not in use. Also, remember to turn off lights when they are not needed. This little tip will save you money in the long run.

If you plan to purchase lighting for your deck or patio, you should give solar-powered lamps a try. They are not only affordable, but they do not have to be hooked up to any power source, needing only good access to sunlight. You will not only reduce the energy you use. Another added convenience is that they do not require any wiring for you to enjoy outside lighting.

If you use fuel oil to heat your home, a technician can give you information about changing over to biodiesel. Many heating systems can be switched over to run on biodiesel without needing extra modifications or parts. Biodiesel will burn cleaner than petroleum, which helps to protect the environment.

Air flow is better controlled in home that has stormed doors and windows installed. Storm doors and windows lessen the amount of cold air drafts that come in. 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.

Clean your furnace filters regularly and replace them at least one time a year. You should put filters in registers that are warm-air too. This stops debris from blocking heating ducts.

A great tip to help save energy while cooking is to use your oven light. Checking on your food through the oven window rather than opening up the door saves a lot of energy and cooking time because heat doesn’t escape from the oven.

When designing your solar PV system, try to locate the battery storage system as close to the PV cells as possible. This makes sure power is not lost somewhere in the cable. This also prevents the long cables from casting shadows over the PV cells.

Lower the heating costs of your water, hot tubs and pools by changing over to a heating system that is run by solar power. Heating water with electricity or natural gas is not very efficient, but solar water heaters harness energy from the sun to keep water at a steady temperature. In the United States there are many tax deductions for energy efficient green products.

If you want to save energy, think about putting your freeze and fridge in a relatively cold location. Don’t expose these appliances directly to sunlight or heat. If they absorb heat, their internal temperature will rise and they will need more energy to run.

As you can tell, there are a lot of benefits to having solar panels, not just the savings on energy. They are widely available, install easily, and can last decades. Installing solar panels can update your home and save you money.

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