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Lets Do Energy Efficient Before Choosing An Alternative Energy Solution

Today solar systems are cheaper, better made and designed with the aesthetics of the building in mind. Along with solar being much more pleasing to the eye, it is also more pleasing to the wallet. Federal, State and Local incentives, along with personal tax breaks make the purchase and installation of a photovoltaic power system, and solar powered water heaters very affordable. In some areas it is also very feasible to install a small to medium sized wind generator to supplement the home’s power needs.A photovoltaic system (PV) may not be the complete answer when it comes to power, depending on where you live. It may only give you supplemental power due to light availability. But the combination of PV and wind where available should make a very nice power package for most every lifestyle.

The initial cost can be daunting for any alternative energy solution. Solar or wind are both expensive to start, and take a bit of time to repay. But people don’t seem to consider the long term effects. You have now given your home its own power supply. For most people, having your own source of power on a home you are considering buying, is probably a little more moving than a great bed of petunias. Today, people know that their homes are their biggest investments, they also know that a large portion of their bills are going to be in their utilities. The more you can make your home self reliant for power and also more energy efficient, the better it is for your bank account.

Also a lot of people think that alternative power is expensive because they price the size of their PV system based on their current useage. Many people don’t realize that their current useage is probably way more than what they actually need. To get an accurate idea of how much PV system is actually needed a person should first make sure that their home is as energy efficient as possible. Make your home energy efficient before considering alternative energy.

Low Cost Energy Efficient Actions:

  • Install low flow showerheads and sink aerators to reduce hot water use.
  • Seal and weatherstrip your windows and doors Install a water tank insulation wrap. They are very cheap and keep the water tank insulated
  • Check your windows. Old windows may save you from replacement, but that savings is offset by what you lose in money each month trying to heat/cool a house with leaky windows
  • Use ENERGY STAR appliances.
  • Fluorescent lights use much less energy than standard incandescents

No Cost Energy Efficient Actions:

  • Turn off everything not in use. Lights, tv’s radios.
  • Check Furnace or AC filter each month.
  • Clean and replace as needed during hot months,
  • keep window coverings closed on the south, east and west windows. In winter, let sun in
  • Glass fireplace doors help stop heat from being lost up the chimney.
  • Activate ’sleep’ features on computers and office equipment to power down when not in use.
  • When cooking, keep the lids on pots. Microwaves are more efficient than ovens. Use when possible.
  • Dress for the weather. Its cheaper to put another blanket on the bed than to turn the ac up
  • About 15 percent of the average home utility bill is the water heater.
  • Take shorter showers and only wash full loads of clothes.
  • Lower the temp of your waterheater.
  • Only heat rooms you need. Close vents and doors on unused rooms.

Once your home is energy efficient, and you trim down your usage, then you will really see what your actual power usage is and most likely see that the alternative energy solution for your home doesn’t need to be quite as large or expensive as you first thought.

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