Friday, 6 July 2012

Renewable energy at home: ways to make it work...

For a busy mum, making the change to a renewable energy source can seem like a formidable task, especially if you’re not quite sure how to go about doing it. However, green energy can help save the environment and could also save you money!. If you’re ready to make the leap to green energy, here are some good ways to go about doing it:

Solar panels. This is the most well-known green way to power a home. Solar panels “catch” energy from light and then convert it to electricity that you can use for your home. While solar panels are expensive to purchase, the first two decades of use in the home offset the costs. After that, you can enjoy free electricity for the duration of your time in the home. Because of this, it may not be wise to install solar panels if you are considering upgrading to a bigger home within the next few years. But for homeowners already in their dream homes, this is a viable way to go green.

Wind turbines. The technology for at-home wind turbines is not as developed as solar panels, but it can be a less expensive way to generate energy in windy areas. You can have a pole-mounted turbine or a building-mounted one, depending on the space you have and the amount of money you want to spend. While turbines are less likely to provide all of the energy that you will need, they work well as a part of a multi-source energy scheme.

Green energy companies. This is by far the easiest way to begin using green energy at home. There are companies that provide renewable energy in the UK such as Good Energy, that work much in the same way that regular energy companies do. The only difference is that they get their electricity from clean, renewable sources such as wind power. You can start using green energy right away with a simple phone call or email saying that you want to make the switch.

Energy-saving methods. Using no energy is even better than using renewable energy, but it’s not practical at all times. In summer try to dry your clothes outside rather than using the tumble dryer for example. Deciding which of these methods will work best for your home and family will depend on the amount of space you have, the amount of time you can commit to going green, and your green energy budget. But once you make the switch, you’ll be happy to have done it.

Anyone else have any ideas of how to be green AND save money at the same time?

This is a sponsored post for which I was paid.

1 comment:

  1. Solar panels are a bit expensive at first. But in the long run, you'll find it cost efficient.


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