Many of those living in modern times fantasize about going completely off the grid and living a lifestyle similar to that of the early pioneers. However, that lifestyle is frequently misunderstood and romanticized. If you have the desire to live completely off the grid, it is important that you first realize exactly what it is that you are getting into. Living off the grid can be dangerous, uncomfortable and inconvenient, particularly for those who do not have the appropriate survival skills. [...]
About 39% of the total energy consumed in America is used to generate electricity, making it an extremely important part of the nation’s environmental footprint. As a power source, electricity has existed since the automobile was invented, but it’s been only recently that electricity has made headway as a power source for cars and homes.
My home is actually electrically powered. After a while searching for the best rates, I decided that Reliant Energy in Texas offered the cheapest and most efficient way to heat and cool my home. This has proved to be a great decision for me. Not only have I have been able to save a considerable amount of money, but I’ve also been able to affect positive change in the environment.
However, making your home energy-efficient is the key to helping the environment. When humans produce energy, massive amounts of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon and mercury are released into the atmosphere, which can lead to acid rain, urban smog, global climate change and considerable health risks. This pollution can have devastating effects on the ecosystem. These emissions, though, are not created at the home of the user, but at the power plant that creates the electricity.
However, by following a few simple tips, you can make your home more energy efficient, which, in turn, leads to less stress of energy plants and fewer harmful gas emissions.
1. The first thing you should is thoroughly seal and insulate your home. Gaps and cracks can cause air to flow into your house and make your heating and cooling units work harder.
2. You should also use ENERGY STAR equipment. ENERGY STAR, developed by the EPA, is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency. These products are certified to have superior energy performance, so having them in your home can greatly reduce energy use.
3. Turn your refrigerator down. Fridges are responsible for around 20 of household electricity use, so make sure the energy saver switch is turned on and that the refrigerator door is sealed tightly.
Wind power has become more and more common as the technology has advanced. While expensive up front, the idea of simply drawing the power you need out of the air, so to speak, is an enticing prospect for those that want to live off the grid, or who simply don’t agree with the methods of creating electricity that many power plants use. However, whatever the case, it’s entirely possible for land owners to harness the power of the wind.
Depending on how large a wind turbine you want, and how much land you [...]
Solar panels will allow you to heat your water using the energy from the sun. During the winter months you may need to use a boiler or heater to heat your hot water, but for the most part, solar power will work all year long.
Using solar panels to heat water will cut your energy bills down each month. Once your panels are installed you will be saving the environment from carbon dioxide emissions. Solar panels are a green way [...]
So you want to install solar panels on your home and want to know how much it will cost? Installation usually costs between $6-8 per watt. If you want a small system of about 3 kilowatts to reduce the amount of traditional energy you use, that will cost around $24,000. For a system of around 9 kilowatts, which will meet all the energy needs of the average home, it will typically cost around $70,000-80,000. It can get more expensive if you need to remove trees around your house as they [...]
Planting an organic vegetable garden, you will want to choose plants that are easy to grow as well as ones you and your family will enjoy. There are several vegetables that are easy to grow organically you simply need to choose the ones that are best for you and your situation. One of the top plants to have in your garden is tomatoes. You will find that tomatoes are easy to grow and they work great in many different foods you can make and share with your friends and family. You will also find that radishes [...]
Organic gardening is good for the environment and is what is known as Eco friendly. The reasons are that you are not adding any harsh chemicals to the environment. You can start to recycle and compost organic waste materials (saving on trash). You also use no pollutants walking to your garden for produce.
Starting an Eco friendly garden does not have to be difficult as a matter of fact it can be a lot of fun. To start your garden you are going to need dirt. You do not just want to through any old [...]