Go Green – Quick Money Saving Tips
Go Green and save money while improving your environment. It very easy to upgrade your environment and save money by applying good common sense. This article explains simple techniques that you can follow to go green and save money all within your budget and at your own pace.
Converting your entire household to green technology all at one time is expensive. However, if you apply green technology as you need to replace an item, it is quite affordable and won’t sting your budget.
I suggest replacing appliances as the old appliances as they fail. For instance, if your toaster stops working correctly you are going to replace it. Just do an online search for the best “Energy Star” toaster that fits your needs. The cost for most energy saving appliances are at around the same cost for a no-energy saver models. Buying a replacement doesn’t cost you any more money, but every time you use it, you will save money.
As you replace all of your appliances in this manner you will soon be saving big bucks on your electric bill. Keep in mind that as you replace the larger items, such as refrigerator, freezer, heat pump, air conditioner, furnace, washer and dryer you save more and money. Older models use more energy, but new “Energy Star” models will save you more cash. Shop smart. Use common sense. If you don’t need an item any longer, don’t replace it. If you need an item, buy an Energy Star model to save money over the long term.
Go Green – Lighting
Simply replacing light bulbs can save you a lot of money in the long run. Incandescent lighting is almost extinct due to government regulations. The governments idea to push florescent for replacement is worse for the environment due to mercury gases expelled upon destruction. However they were cost saving, produce less heat and lasted longer. When the technology was new, florescent bulbs were very costly, but after a few years the cost went down.
The basis of all digital lighting is the Light Emitting Diode or LED that was first used in digital electronics for lighting dials and switches on electronic devices. They are of course much smaller than the one shown in the photo.
LED’s are used for a growing number of solutions. Your LED TV’s use thousands of LED’s to give you the clearest pictures you have ever seen. Do you have a newer computer? Well most likely you have and LED screen. Then there are those amazing pictures we see on our cell phones and ipads. These little lights have changed the way we see things.
Digital lighting (Light Emitting Diode or LED) is that latest technology. I am starting to replace all of my lighting with digital replacements.
While I saved money on my electric bill using florescent bulbs, digital lights use at least 50% less energy, saving even more money. Some of the digital bulbs do cost more money at the onset, but I expect those costs to lower as did the florescent bulbs when more are used.
Go Green – Digital Lighting Use Ideas
Digital bulbs expel almost zero heat. You can actually hold on to a lit digital bulb without being burned. This will save you money when you are trying to cool your home. Go Green and don’t burn your hand when you need to change a bulb.
Digital lighting options are numerous for indoor and outdoor accent lighting. Under counter lighting for your kitchen or lights for closets and inside cabinets are just a few. The no heat perk is gives you many additional options for enclosed spaces.
Go Green-Interior – As I indicated earlier I am already replacing lamp bulbs with digital bulbs. The digital bulbs are in deed more expensive than the old technology. The good news is that from when I bought my first digital bulbs the cost has come down quite a bit. Also depending on the application, it make take some extra time finding the the right replacement for you.
Digital night lights are great to have anywhere you need a little light to see to get around your home at night. They use close to 0 watts of power, exude no heat and provide safety.
I love that dimmer switches and digital bulbs work great together. As a matter of fact I have purchased some dimmer switches to install at my retirement home. I am also going to install digital string lights under my kitchen cabinets on dimmers.
My room lighting in my great room is all dual 50″ florescent fixtures at the top of the side walls where the ceilings begin. I think there are a total of 8 fixtures that reflect light to the ceiling and down each wall. I am searching for the right digital fixture solution to accomplish the same result as a much lower cost. I may end up with a DC low voltage strip lighting system…but not quite sure yet.
AC converted through a transformer to DC for digital lighting is also a great idea for the high moisture area of a bathroom. So consider some great lighting techniques for your bathroom.
Go Green-Exterior – I combined solar technology with my exterior digital lighting. That’s right. by combining the two technologies I do not have electric bill costs for any of my outdoor lighting. Solar panels combined with power storage (batteries) and night, motion detectors work great. Once I set them up, there is no maintenance until the end of life cycle.
I have Solar/Digital flood lights for the garage, sides of the house and on my shed. I can go out at night from the house and walk 50 yards to the shed without even having to flip a switch. Yes they are very bright.
There are solar/digital sconce lights available for door lighting, pathway lighting, string lighting for out on the deck and many more options. Personally I love the idea of mixing solar and digital lighting together. It is just so convenient.
If you have a large covered porch like I do or a patio you may want to consider digital strip lighting. You can get different colored strip sections and combine them for a unique look or stick with white. They are low light and do not seem to attract night bugs. My neighbor turned me on to these and I am buying 60 feet of white light strips for my 60 foot deck of my log home. Maybe I’ll go green and buy green lights. lol
Go Green – Conclusions
There are many ways to go green around your home. Make commons sense solutions utilizing green technology where it makes sense in your life style. Replacing old technology when it fails with newer green technology can save you money. If you make smart choices and combines technologies, you can even save more money and actually make things more convenient for you at the same time. Take time to investigate green technologies and where you can use them around your home for projects.