Energy Saving Ideas For Green Houses And Cabins

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It is becoming more and more popular to live green, and there are a lot of valid reasons for doing it. Beyond the fact that some people consider it a mere craze that will eventually fade away, while others insist it’s necessary in order preserve our environment for future generations, living green actually can save energy–providing you do it right. Whether it will help save the planet or simply save you money, going green is an option you may want to consider. Following are some energy saving ideas for green houses and cabins.

What Is Green Energy?

The fundamental idea behind green energy is to have the natural forces around us provide as much energy as possible in order to avoid using up non replaceable fuel. And, because green energy comes from naturally occurring phenomenon, such as the sun and the wind, it is viewed as a way to keep the earth from being overly polluted. Vastly different from non renewable energy sources, such as petroleum based products that leave an overabundance of residual effects or nuclear power which is inherently dangerous, solar and wind power are relatively clean alternatives. The idea is to make them a financially viable substitute, and preserve our environment in the process.

Partial Green Homes

You needn’t go completely green in order to take advantage of the savings. A complete green renovation can be quite costly so it may be better to start with a few basic energy saving improvements. One of the best ways to begin is to put in new energy efficient insulation. The right type of insulation will help keep cold air out and warm air in during the winter, and warm air out and cool air in during the summer. It’s important throughout the installation process to check for places that may cause energy to escape. Sealing those leaks with caulk, weather stripping or some other type of weatherproof covering will ensure you get the most benefit from the new insulation. The savings in energy costs can be substantial providing you follow this two step approach properly. Another way to help ensure your house or cabin is energy efficient is to install new windows that are designed to be energy savers.

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  1. Great post Bailey. One of the best ways that I’ve found to save energy in a home is to blow recycled newspaper insulation into the exterior walls. We’ve saved our tenants 25-50% on their heating costs just due to this one “green” retrofit. It’s definitely under-rated but it’s relatively inexpensive with a quick return on investment due to the energy savings (and some rebates, etc.)

  2. I sincerely hope to build a “Completely Green Home” once I graduate and get my own house, but for now I’m just going to have to keep doing what I can. Thanks for the information about green energy, I always think this kind of thing is very interesting.

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