Making Green and Economical Changes

Finding ways to go green and save money is the key;

Tight budget? You can still switch to green in your home
For consumers who want cost-effective ways to eco-friendly energy, there are many options Homeowners battling rising utility bills and concerned about their carbon footprint can go green and cut energy costs.

Half of all carbon emissions come from buildings rather than cars and other sources! – yet there are various eco-friendly methods available to adopt a greener attitude to energy needs.

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These vary from simply fitting low-energy lightbulbs, which burn for four times as long as standard bulbs, to installing sophisticated “microgeneration” equipment such as solar panels and thermal heating systems.

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“Rising energy prices have had the knock-on effect of generating a large amount of interest in micro-technology and how to create electricity at home.”

Yet for those on a tight budget but keen to brush up their “green” credentials, there are numerous options.

For example, electricity display units (EDU) can be bought for the home. These show you how much energy you are using when making a cup of tea, for example, or watch your favorite television program, encouraging homeowners to consider their energy usage more carefully and reduce it – along with their bills.

  
Other popular changes to create a greener home life include recycling, adding loft and cavity-wall insulation and switching to doubleglazing.

A lesser-known option is simply buying integrated appliances, such as TVs with built-in digital receivers that use less energy and can also cost less than buying a separate TV and digital receiver.

By insulating your loft and cavity-wall insulation you can save money and just under a ton of C02 every year.

For example, pipe insulation helps to prevent heat escaping, saving on your energy bills as well as about 70kg of C02 a year.

More expensive methods of going green in the home are also growing in popularity. However, examples such as heat pumps and solar panels carry a hefty price tag – although they really work to reduce your carbon footprint over the long-term.

Air-to-water pumps are the most cost-effective and practical, with very low running costs. These are usually 15 to 20 % cheaper than natural gas, and if you usually use oil they are 50 to 60 % cheaper.

Other energy-efficient products install underfloor heating and digital thermostats for radiators to control the level of heat in the home more accurately.

Underfloor heating can give a room six different temperatures in a day, bringing the cost of heating down and saving around 8 % on bills.

I will be adding some links to go to shortly!

 

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2 Responses

  1. Bioheat is also another option. It’s not exacly saving you money, but if you have to have it in your home anyway then why not help out the environment in the process. Have you ever heard of it? It’s very popular in the green community so I’d be surprised if you haven’t. It’s AWESOME! It’s biodegradable and non-toxic, so you can forget about breathing in all of those nasty fumes and what not. The best part about it is that it’s made up of heating oils blended with every-day products like avocado and corn. Cool right?

    I heard about it through my job here at NORA. I did a bit more research and found some more great tips and interesting info from:
    http://oilheatamerica.com/index.mv?screen=bioheat.

    Check it out and see what other interesting info is out there that you might be able to use.

  2. hi greeny,

    what do you mean by a low energy lightbulb? do you mean just use lightbulbs with lower wattage mostly? or something else?

    thanks and great day to you, kathleen

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