Utility bills add up to an average of $1,900 for most families in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Lowering your utility bills gives you more money in the budget for other expenses while benefiting the environment by conserving fossil fuels. Some energy-reducing strategies are simple to begin immediately, while others take some time and upfront investment.
Renewable energy is sustainable. Unlike fossil fuels–which are dwindling resources that can’t be replaced–renewable energy comes from such infinite sources as the sun, earth and wind. Renewable energy is free from many of the negative environmental impacts caused by fossil fuels—namely, global warming and water pollution. Plus, renewable energy is the wave of the future. According to the US Department of Energy, the world’s available fossil fuels will be consumed in 104 years if there isn’t a global switch to renewable energy. This is a switch the world has to make. Many people are already going green with renewable energy in their homes and their lifestyles.
Organic food and hybrid vehicles are just two examples of products that are part of the green movement. Other methods of going green, such as conserving energy or shortening the length of your showers, are less costly ways to become more eco-friendly. All of the hype leaves some people wondering why they should join the green movement. The benefits of going green extend beyond simply helping the environment.
Solar energy is a renewable energy source that transforms sunlight into energy. People are using solar energy to heat, cool and light their homes. Different technologies exist to convert sunlight into energy. The most common types for home use are solar water heating, passive solar design for heating and cooling spaces and solar photovoltaics for electrcity.