Have you always wanted to go green, but didn’t know what to do to start the process? Does it just seem too hard or expensive for you to try? Reading the advice from the following article will help you move forward and see how going green is beneficial.

Keeping your windows shaded to keep sunlight out of the house will greatly conserve energy. You can also try putting blinds or curtains in. Less heat will be allowed in, and your summer air conditioner costs will be greatly reduced with just these two simply steps You will save energy and money.

Start paying attention to your energy consumption. Unplug the charger for your iPod and XBox when they are not in use. Charging devices for several common types of electronics, including laptops, cell phones, and MP3 players all draw “phantom power” if you keep them plugged in while they are idle.

Are you a farmer? If you do, then you probably own property. This might be an opportunity to rent a portion of that property to a company that will build a wind turbine on it. You and the neighbors can relish in the free energy and installation, if it doesn’t require too much space.

Washing Clothes

Try to use cold water for washing clothes. The vast majority of the energy you use for washing clothes is needed to heat the water. Modern laundry detergent does just as well with cold water as hot water. Also, make sure your load is a full one so you do not waste energy washing several small loads.

Use drapes or curtains in your windows for when you are not home. You will lower your energy costs since this will help keep your home nice and cool. Southern facing windows receive the most sunlight. Think about covering all of your windows with different types of shades and curtains.

You can get rid of your old, tank style water heater and switch it out with a new, greener, tankless one. While tankless heaters still require gas or electricity to heat your water, they only heat the amount of water you need, rather than keeping a large tank hot around the clock. You can either get a tankless heater for your entire house or for a only one faucet.

Instead of buying that new desktop computer, purchase a laptop, as desktops use much more electricity. This can significantly lower the amount of electricity you use, especially if the computer is on the Internet a lot or uses word processing software. The laptop has the added benefit of being portable, so you can use it anywhere!

Try not to turn the heat up too high in your home, unless it is absolutely necessary for you to do so. If it’s chilly, put on warmer clothes. Having the heat up high wastes a lot of energy.

So now you should be able to understand what it truly takes to alter your home to become more green and environmentally friendly. This article has given you the information you need to get started, but you’ll need to make use of it. So begin as soon as possible, you’re sure to appreciate the results.