We are always touting the benefits of renewable energy and how a residential wind turbine can save you thousands of dollars in energy bills. Recently I was talking about my home wind turbine and the home wind turbine kit that I purchased in 2007 which has allowed me to power my entire home for free. Sure it is great to be able to help the environment and produce your own renewable energy from a home wind turbine but before you go and install your wind turbine you should look at your current energy consumption around the house.
Energy consumption around the home can be reduced in a number of areas including lighting, heating water, cooling air, heating air and in the kitchen. The things that we can do to save energy in each of these areas all help to bring the total energy consumption of your home down which is great news even if you aren’t going to install a home wind turbine.
The first part of our four part series on reducing home energy consumption is on heating your home. Heating your home can be expensive. In fact, up to half of the total annual energy bill in many homes may be attributed to heating. That’s why we’ve come up with these ideas to help you keep your costs down and to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.
- If you’re heating a large space, a gas heater or reverse cycle air conditioner will generally be the more efficient method.
- Space heaters are usually more energy efficient than central heating as you are only heating one room, not the whole house.
- Check an appliance’s star rating before you purchase it. Better energy efficiency means it will cost you less to run the appliance.
- You can loose up to 70% of heat through ceilings and walls, up to 20% through windows, and up to 10% through elevated floors.
- The optimum temperature inside a home is between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius. Every degree above this level can increase your heating bill by up to 15%.
- Use ceiling fans to help push down the heat that has risen to the ceiling to keep the room at optimum temperature.
- Open curtains to north-facing windows on sunny days to invite free heat into your home.
These tips alone can dramatically reduce your energy consumption which means there will be even less to pay the utility company at the end of the month. Once you get your heating sorted out you can then look at building your own wind turbine like I have done and pay absolutely nothing to power your home. I have been living off the grid since 2007 – I am connected to the grid however I draw none of my power from the grid, it all comes from the wind. Any excess energy gets sold back to the energy company and I get paid at the end of the month for my contribution.
My suggestion to you is to follow our energy saving tips and build your own wind turbine so that you pay absolutely nothing for your electricity.