Forests, Wildlife

July 9, 2012

Green Energy And How You Can Save Money

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Going green is gaining in popularity for great reasons. By using green energy, you can not only help save the environment, but also save money too! Keep reading for some ways to start using green energy right away.

If you need to find a little known example to give you an ambition of adopting a green lifestyle, then the idyllic tourist hide-away of Madeira – more information can be found at – is an excellent example.

The volcanically structured Madeira is a paradise mid-Atlantic group of island outcrops that bathe in a sub-tropical climate. The flood of people on vacation who flock here each year frequently wonder at the luxuriant vegetation that occupies almost every crevice of the rugged landscape. Nevertheless, promoting itself as a 5*, modern tourist hot spot is not incompatible with Madeira adopting environmental safe, green practices. Solar power, used to generate electricity and to heat water, is in evidence almost. Even in the capital city of Funchal, micro-generation solar panels are omnipresent. All the local grown fruit and vegetables are brought to harvest devoid of artificial pesticides – which, naturally, adds to the taste. The fishing village of Camara de Lobos, an excellent destination for a tourist day trip, celebrates its use of responsible fishing practices that guarantees future fishing stocks. Lastly, there is the island-wide network of levadas – narrow water channels that criss-cross the mountainside – that ensure that not a drop of water goes to waste. An entertaining Youtube video of Madeira, showing the tourist highlights of the west of the island, can be found at this link.

Check the insulation at home to ensure it’s keeping your place warm. Houses older than three decades could use more insulation. This will make your home retain more heat, which will cut your heating bills by quite a bit.

Use electric heaters minimally in the winter. Instead, wear multiple layers, slippers and socks, or even consider investing in a stove or fireplace. You will breathe better during your sleep if the air is cool.

Make reminders for yourself to set new energy efficiency targets, and be sure you examine each utility bill that comes in against last year’s bill to see if gains are being made. When you’re more conscious of the energy you consume you can help to reduce costs in all areas of your life. You will probably make newer, greener habits such as turning off appliances when not in use if you approach energy reduction consciously.

Thaw your food in the refrigerator to save energy. This not only thaws the food out in a safer manner, but also, the cold air that is released will make the refrigerator cooler, which means you spend less energy cooling it.

The easiest and best way to decrease energy expenses in the home is to simply turn off lights and devices when you exit a room. If you establish a habit of extinguishing your lights, you will be amazed at the amount of energy you can save in the long run. You will also enjoy a lower power bill, saving you money every month.

Switching to green energy options need not be difficult or expensive. Oftentimes, just a few simple changes around the home will save energy and money. Use the tips offered here, and share them so we can all do what we can for the environment.

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