Are you sick and tired of paying your energy bill every month but don’t know what you can do about it?
The reality is far different, however, and there are lots of ways you can save money by shifting your electricity needs…and I’m not just talking about turning down the lights (though that’s obviously a valid choice for immediate savings as well).
Sustainable Energy To Save You Money
The first and biggest area to consider is updating your home not just to be energy efficient, but to use sustainable energy sources as your primary means of electricity.
For most, that falls into one of two categories: solar and wind.
Solar Panels have skyrocketed in popularity over the last five years or so, thanks to sharp price reductions in their production costs, increased efficiency and longevity per unit, and a host of government programs aimed at helping people shift to solar.
While installing solar panels in your home can be costly out of pocket, the savings over time often make it a wortwhile investment, especially if you live in an area that gets decent sunlight for most of the year.
Not only that, but ease of installation has greatly helped to reduce the overall costs of having solar in your home, boat or rv. Read more about DIY solar installation for your home or find out more about installing solar panels for rv.
If solar isn’t your thing, another option is to get your own small-scale wind turbine.
This source of potential energy is too often overlooked by many homeowners, who think of wind turbines as giant contraptions the size of a jet engine.
The truth is that you can now get a wide range of options for small-scale, residential wind power units, that sit silently atop your roof.
While the units obviously work better in windier areas, most areas of the country experience enough consistent wind that makes the units worthwhile.
For added benefits and complete independence, consider installing both a wind and solar unit on your roof!
See the Wind Energy Foundation for more information.
Consider Government Tax Plans
Finally, it’s important to note that perhaps the biggest driver of large-scale residential sustainable energy systems is the advantageous tax code.
Many states and counties have very aggressive tax legislation that allows you to write off the majority of purchase and installation costs.
This means that not only will you have significant energy savings over time, you can actually get (essentially) a grant to install it to your home.
Investigate your county and state laws to see if you qualify. Home energy may just be more affordable than you think.