We are bombarded daily with bad environmental news: pollution, climate change, rising sea levels, melting polar caps…. it can easily overwhelm even the most positive person. What can we do as individuals to help reduce the environmental impacts modern humanity has on the planet?
Fortunately, the average homeowner has many options available to significantly reduce their home’s energy usage. And even better, reducing energy usage means reducing energy bills. Saving energy at home is an important step for everybody to take, because all of our futures depends on creating a more efficient, sustainable way of living.
One way to lower energy costs is to shop around for electricity rates. Many websites let you compare electricity rates between different companies offering service in a particular area. Many of these electric companies also offer a “green” option, guaranteeing their customers that however much energy they use at home, an equal amount of power is created renewably, through wind power, solar, gas generation from landfills, or other forms of renewable energy.
Shopping around for the best rates on green electricity is a great first step, but there are other ways to reduce energy usage at home. Most homes today still operate inefficiently. Taking steps to increase efficiency, from simple measures such as replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs that use 80 less energy to pricier options such as purchasing Energy Star-certified appliances, can reduce a home’s energy usage dramatically. While more energy efficient products and appliances typically cost a bit more upfront, their much lower energy consumption reduces monthly power bills. The more efficient a product, the more energy it saves; the more energy it saves, the lower the power bill. Choosing efficiency is a win-win for homeowner and the planet alike.
There are many environmental problems facing the Earth today, as mentioned above. Since it’s the only planet we’ve got, it’s up to every one of us to do our part, however large or small, to reduce our environmental impacts. Doing so will reduce the chances of large-scale environmental disasters in the future, and make the world a cleaner place today. If we all do a little, together we can do a lot.
Published by: admin on May 7th, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized |
Renewable energy is an important part of making a brighter future for our children today. Fossil fuels are a limited resource on our planet and prices are always increasing as the supply diminishes. Eventually we will run out of fossil fuels on our planet. This will cause major problems for our society as we know it today.
Investing in renewable energy will ensure we never run out of electricity for our people. Solar power is an easy way to collect renewable energy from the sun.Want more? Read the rest of this entry »
Published by: admin on April 21st, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized |
Lithium-Ion batteries are commonly used to power digital cameras and cell phones. Now, they are replacing other battery technologies in both electric and hybrid vehicles. Lithium-Ion energy storage technology is now also appearing in solar energy systems.Â
In a pilot project in Rancho Cordova, CA, 15 participating residences are combining solar panels and advanced battery technology. California is at the epicenter of solar energy development, in part because of a particularly sunny climate across much of the state. However, even in Read the rest of this entry »
Published by: admin on February 28th, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized |
Reducing the amount of power your home or property is using can greatly reduce the cost of your monthly energy bills. For property owners who are willing to make a larger investment in their equipment and installation, it may even be possible to turn a profit by selling any surplus power you are able to generate back to your provider. With a number of commercially available kits, installations and equipment options that can provide clean renewable energy for your household or business, exploring your options and selecting the one that will best meet your needs can Read the rest of this entry »
Published by: admin on February 25th, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized |
If you own a home or business in the state of California, you may be able to save a lot of money by installing energy-efficient solar panels. Customers who purchase their electricity from San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric are eligible for significant cash rebates through the California Solar Initiative.
To participate in the program, property owners must first complete their electric provider’s energy efficiency audit. While completing the audit, many participants find other ways to conserve energy that lead to additional savings.
The next step is to Read the rest of this entry »
Published by: admin on February 23rd, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized |
Now is a great time to install solar panels on your home. The United States federal government is offering substantial tax incentives to homeowners who reduce their energy consumption by installing photovoltaic systems on their homes. If you are considering having these panels installed solely for the tax credit, it is important to understand the stipulations because these credit do not apply to everyone.
The first requirement is that the system is functional. It must meet all building Read the rest of this entry »
Published by: admin on February 20th, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized |
With the growing efficiency of solar cells, it is a great time for home owners to consider supplementing home energy with solar panels. The solar panels of today are lighter, thinner, and more durable. But the most important improvement is the energy generation. New solar panels generate amounts of electricity that are many times greater than solar panels from previous generations. When this is combined with government subsidies, the investment in solar energy can be quite profitable.
So how do you make sure your house is right for solar energy? One of the most important things Read the rest of this entry »