6 Green Energy Technologies To Bring Into Your Home

For the most part, energy expenses usually find many of us in a lose-lose situation.  Between charging our smart phones and laptops, watching our big flat-screen TVs with digital surround-sound speakers, and making sure the front lawn stays green, energy costs, be it electricity, gas, or even water, can be a huge burden on the average American’s financial stability.  And for the environment-conscious American, such excess can have a huge affect on the Earth as well.   

The good news is that clean and conservative energy technologies are becoming more and more accessible to the general public everyday, and if you are looking to cut down your bill or help the environment, these green technologies may just be the light at the end of the tunnel.  Even implementing just one of the following can do a lot for your budget and for the environment.

There are several ways you can increase the energy efficiency of your home:

1. Properly insulate your home

This is, perhaps, the simplest way that you can ensure an efficient use of energy in your home without spending so many extra dollars on lost energy.  Making sure the insulation in your walls and attic are properly applied with sealant can save a lot of energy, and even reduce your monthly payments by up to 20%.  Check that the air ducts in your attic, crawlspace, basement, and garage are properly sealed to ensure effective temperature regulation during the summer and winter months, and that there are no issues with the insulation in the walls and attic.

2. Energy Star HVAC 

Although we are constantly charging our appliances and watching more TV than we should be, at least half of the energy used in our homes every month goes to our heating and cooling systems.  Installing an Energy Star Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system can reduce your energy bill by up to $100 every year.

3. Get Energy Star certified appliances

Energy Star appliances have become all the rage in recent years, and that’s not without good reason. A new Energy Star appliance generally uses a great deal less power and water than its counterparts, and there is a very wide range of appliances that come with Energy Star approval.  For example, an Energy Star refrigerator will save around 15% more energy than just your typical refrigerator; and using an Energy Star washing machine can result in better stain removal, lower fabric wear, and shorter drying times while using up to 50% less of the energy you would use with other appliances.

4. Solar panels

Although Solar panels are still, for the most part, an up-and-coming technology, and can be fairly expensive to install, utilizing them to power your home can help you save a lot of money in the long run.  Solar panels work by absorbing and then storing the energy from the sun in order to power your home during day and nighttime hours, and despite the hefty upfront installation costs, rebates from both the federal and state governments are available to help lighten the blow to your wallet, but be aware it will still take a few years to break. 

5. Solar water heaters

If you don’t want to go all out with a full array of solar panels on the roof, a solar water heater might be a good alternative.  These solar panels offer an alternative to provide hot water to your home without running up your monthly gas bill and can be suitable for all climates.  They are much less costly and are incredibly efficient, so you should break even on the initial costs in a fairly short amount of time, and they can help the Earth by reducing your individual carbon footprint. 

6. Energy monitoring systems

Finally, if you are overly concerned about initial installation costs, an Energy Monitoring System can be used to help you become more efficient with your energy use.  This technology is simply clipped onto the power cables running into your home and works by monitoring the amount of power you use throughout the course of a day, week, or month.  You can then utilize the data provided to reduce the amount of energy you and your family use on a daily basis, ultimately lowering your energy costs at the end of the month.