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Personal Steps in Going Green

Living Green

In order to save the environment and to cut back drastically on energy costs, you should definitely think about going green. It’s a smart move in today’s economy. And best of all, your great-grandchildren will thank you for your efforts.

One of the more inconvenient truths about green energy, no pun intended, is that technology still hasn’t allowed us to harness the full potential of the sun without an investment of thousands upon thousands of dollars. However, for outdoor lights, water heaters, and other smaller appliances, solar power works very well! Your yard lights can run for free using the sun.

Windmill of your life

Having a windmill on your roof isn’t going to cut your costs to zero. But it can supplement your electricity. You can drop a bill of around $150/month to under $100 by investing only a few hundred in a wind turbine. You can also save even more money by making the turbine yourself.

People pay thousands of dollars for lighting upgrades in their homes. These lights, of course, use electricity and light bulbs. With a skylight tube, however, you can simply enjoy the natural light. When the sun is shining directly through the lights, it’s also creating heat. So you can save on heating fuel in the winter.

Solar Panels

One of the best uses of the sun, as evidenced by our planet, is its ability to heat. Its heat is transformed into electricity through the use of solar panels. But with a hot-water heater, you can use the sun to ensure that you always have hot water and you won’t have to worry about any type of electrical system at all.

Cars aren’t very sophisticated machines in terms of how they operate. They burn fuel to create the driving force. They don’t have to burn gas per se; they can also burn a lot of bio fuels, like vegetable oil, spent motor oil, and other oils. You can have a conversion to help your automobile handle it.

As with a hot-water heater, you can harness the sun’s full potential when it comes to heating your pool. Want to take a dip in the fall or winter? Well, the wind might be very cold, but the sun’s still functioning the same way. This means that with a solar system, your pool can be warm year-round. These types of systems are also quite affordable when compared to home energy solar systems.

If you were to purchase energy-efficient windows, or even if you weatherproofed your home with the right type of insulation, you could earn some serious tax rebates from the government. It might seem like a hefty investment, but you may be able to get back every penny you put in, so all the savings henceforth become profits.

Green Living

Going green is the way of the future, like it or not. We’re actually lucky to be alive during such a period. Take full advantage of the different solar and wind options out there and work toward saving money on your bills while helping the planet.

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16 Comments

  1. very informative! I’d love to live in a “green house” someday… gotta love savings!

  2. I hope we go for the green revolution. After all, nature has been ever supportive on our needs.

  3. I bring an eco bag and try to cut down on paper usage. That’s how I try to help out.

  4. the solar panels are still a bit expensive, how i wish i can outsource a cheaper one.

  5. We really need to save mother earth for the future generation. And technologies just like these will be very helpful however, it is quite expensive pa. I really wish to have that solar energy source…Anyway, we’re living on a small farm, “green-living” pa rin kaya lesser ang energy consumption namin.

  6. With Climate Change, we should practice 3R’s now.

  7. the solar cars. there have not been new updates of that since I saw it about 15 years ago.. its like it was never been constructed anymore.. before there was a race for solar cars and now I do not hear any news about it.. all that is being developed are cars powered by gasoline..tsk tsk..

  8. wow. thanks for the tips. people should read more posts like this.

  9. indeed all the tips are very informative! i wanted soalr panel also in our house! xx

  10. too high electricity bill is really one of our problem. Windmill can only be done if you have a big space or living in a big size property.solar panel cost too much .so if you are an ordinary human being ,no way you can afford it.

  11. I wish its that easy to do here in the Philippines 🙁

  12. It’s quite an expensive way if we will use solar panels. But, true that we can save more money as well as our resources, if we use those. I just hope that in the near future, it can be mass produced so we can all benefit from it.

  13. We have to do our share to GO GREEN
    in any way we can. CONSERVE energy,
    using paper bag instead of plastic.
    Recycle, Reuse and Reduce.

  14. One of the many reasons, living in Germany became a dream for me was a documentary I viewed as a child about the high awareness of German with living eco-friendly. 13 years later, since I dreamt of living in this country, I was able to witness and live a “greener lifestyle”, through recycling and more conscious energy saving devices at home.

    Now, that I am living in the Netherlands, we continue as much as we can to lead a “greener lifestyle”. We bike a lot more than we ride a car or use public transportation. I know it’s a small contribution but I feel personal fulfillment doing this small contribution.

  15. The solar panels are expensive but efficient. I know some who use solar panels in their homes to cut electricity bills. How I wish the government offer tax rebates to those who use energy-efficient windows.

  16. md kennedy says:

    In our vacation home in Greece, we have solar panels for hot water – everyone does as it is the requirement. Alas, water is expensive so it is not like you can take a long hot shower without feeling guilty. We are considering going full solar, however, with just a backup generator for the very few hours of the year when solar just isn’t enough to power everything sufficiently.

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