Energy costs are a significant expense on any household. Following habits to reduce your energy costs and carbon footprint is a great way to save money and save the environment. Here are 5 green energy technologies and solutions for home improvement
Install a solar array – The best way to reduce energy bills and pollution is to install solar panels. Most installations will cost about $30,000 before green energy tax credits, rebates, and incentives. Once you reduce your federal rebate and other federal incentives, you are looking at 4 figure cost for your panels.
Install a solar water heater – Installing a solar water heater is a good way to cut energy costs. Your initial cost will be around $2,000-$5,000 and on average and you can recover your costs in 2 years.
Install a wind generator – You can buy a kit based wind generator, which will offset 10%-15% of your energy costs. However, this will greatly depend on how much wind you receive in your area.
Install a rainwater harvesting system – You can make your own rain collector or use a mechanical system that will collect rainwater and store it in barrels for non-potable use. These systems are inexpensive and would typically cost only $50.
Replace your HVAC system with an energy star HVAC – 43% of most household energy costs will be used for heating and cooling your home. Older HVAC systems will use 10% more electricity than an energy star HVAC.