BUILDING A GREEN HOME
If you are in the process
of building a new home or renovating your
current home, consider building green in
order to help protect the environment.
This includes not only making wise building
material choices, but also keeping your home
running efficiently and using alternative
energy sources (that is, not just oil, coal,
and natural gas) to power your family's
electrical and heating needs.
There are many techniques that green houses
can use to conserve energy, and many are
do-it-yourself improvements that can be made
easily in even existing homes.
By conserving energy, we use less fossil
fuel, giving the world more time to develop
alternative energy resources and technology
before the earth is depleted of these
Homes use a lot of energy every year, and
your annual electricity bill probably
Cut those costs in half
employing some alternative energy
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First, consider that
advantages of making the many minor repairs around your
home that you've been meaning to do for a long time.
For example, fix windows that are leaking or doors that
let in gusts of air.
This can significantly lower your heating and cooling
Also research the types of air conditioning and
refrigeration units you use in your home. Sometimes, the
least expensive units can cost you the most over the
long run because they are inefficient.
Consider using solar energy in your home. These units,
which include the use of solar panels or solar heating
options, can be expensive and time consuming to install,
but you can save thousands of dollars on your
electricity bills over time.
The same is true for
hydroelectric options and wind energy options. Small
kits are now available that you can install to provide
your house with some of the power you use, but it takes
time and money to begin these projects.
If you find it
difficult to maintain your sources of alternative
energy, be sure your house is equipped to handle fossil
fuels as well.
Renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, and
power can help you create a cleaner earth. By using
these technologies, you are not contributing to the greenhouse effect or causing
air pollution in your
Alternative energies are also available to
use in your vehicles, so research these options as well
if you want to live a more environmentally
Building green is only the first step.
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