Energy Conservation

First things first, you must do energy conservation! I know you’re ready to save the world and buy the solar collectors, the solar cells, solar heaters, solar lights and everything else solar! But wait just a darn minute!


 

Energy conservation is much, much easier and with a much, much quicker payback! Yeah, you probably think it is very boring! But it is also very, very cheap compared to adding solar.

And besides, think of it like this. The more energy you save, the less energy you will have to use or produce. And that directly affects how much solar equipment you will need to power your home.

And that directly affects how much money you must scarf up to pay for all of it! Definitely sounds logical to me. If everyone conserved as much energy as possible we wouldn’t need to dig up near as much coal to run our power companies that supply our homes with electricity. In fact we could probably even shut down some power companies.

The average U.S. family spends about $1,900 a year on utility bills. And much of that energy is wasted! And most of that wasted energy is produced from fossil fuels that pump tons and tons of carbon dioxide into the air.

But there is good news. There are relatively simple and inexpensive ways of conserving energy and saving money. In fact there are things you can do now and in the very near future that cost nothing or very little money that will give you a significant savings that you will see on your next utility bill!

  • Do these things first! - they are easy and will give you almost instant gratification when your next bill comes.
  • Insulation and Sealing Air Leaks - one of the fastest and cost effective ways of saving energy.
  • Heating and Cooling - A whole house approach to cutting your energy use.
  • Water Heating – Four ways to cut your water heating bills.
  • Windows – They account for up to 25% of your heating bill and up to 15% of your cooling bill!
  • Lighting – lights account for up to 10% of your energy bill, but you can chop that in half!
  • Appliances – They account for up to 17% of your household’s energy consumption.

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