Recently, we have begun to witness an increased emphasis on the importance of environmental friendly, and energy efficient, technologies. The truth is, however, that the "green" movement isn't new by any means. Fortunately, there are many simple things that each and every one of us can do make our homes even that much more green energy efficient, that won't wreck or ruin a family who is living on a tight budget. If you have already begun thinking of ways to save money on your energy bills, then you have certainly reached this article in time. The smart changes that I present can really manifest in decreased energy bills, considerable savings, and a more eco-friendly consideration, especially in the long term.

As a general background beyond society's desire to "go green", it has been shown that entire communities can benefit from these clear and distinct initiatives, whether pursued on the national level or within the confines of our own homes. After all, we have to begin somewhere. To make your home "green" simply means that you are taking the necessary steps to decrease our natural overconsumption of energy sources by using natural heating and cooling devices. Not only are we concerned about overconsumption of resources, but we are also concerned with providing renewable energy alternatives like wind and solar panels. These two energy sources, in particular, have also proven to be environmental friendly as well as cost effective in the long term.

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Garden Compost Pit

Step 1

Realizing that installing devices that are energy efficient doesn't have to be a monumental investment is a clear place that we can start in this process. Unfortunately, popular belief has seemed to dictate that a considerable amount of initial monetary investment is needed in order for one to "go green". While this incorrect notion could clearly have a variety of origins, it is important for us all to realize that the accessibility of green devices, and techniques, doesn't have to be incredibly costly in order for one to realize a real, long term, financial benefit from your initial investment. In fact, within the realm of energy conservation, one has only to spend very little, if anything at all, in order to see a tremendous impact on their electrical and water bills.

Step 2

Even though fruits and vegetables are readily available to us at our nearest supermarket or grocery store, many people have turned to the added nutritional benefits of keeping, maintaining, and consuming their own gardens outside of their own houses. If you are one of the people who have a garden already, you can easily integrate a compost pit into your garden. In the presence of oxygen, composting is nature's way of breaking down organic material into a form, called compost, that will ultimately benefit the environment as a natural fertilizer for farming and/or gardening.

For you, however, creating a compost pit, in your home garden, can be a great way by which to recycle your biodegradable waste from your kitchen. By doing this, your garden will become much more fertile and green. While there are many different techniques, and preferable methods, to constructing a compost pit, you can do this at little to no expense to yourself, outside of providing the initial man labor to do it. Friends of my family do this quite frequently and can attest to its benefits.

Step 3

In an attempt to make homes more energy efficient, its no surprise that many have turned to the use windmills or wind turbines in order to help generate energy by essentially capturing the wind. While these may be on the higher end of what you may be able to pay, an initial investment in these particular technologies can certainly save you a substantial amount in the long run. It is important, however, to be very cognizant of the area in which you live. If you live in the heart of a city, you may have very little access to a great amount of accessible, yet consistent, wind. Technologies like this are ideal if you live in an open country area where wind is an ever present occurrence.

Step 4

While it is certainly possible to capture the sun's energy, and convert that into real usable energy, with the use of solar paneling, doing this could actually become really quite expensive for those living on a tight budget. Fortunately, there are also more passive technologies and techniques that can be utilized to help assist in making a home more green or energy efficient. One may choose to use bricks that are particularly made primarily of insulated materials. You can also install energy efficient doors and windows, while also designing your home, from the 'get-go' to encourage the openness and absorption of passive natural light sources.

Some technologies, methods, and techniques to make a home energy efficient can obviously ranging in costs. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do proactively now, in order to address your energy efficiency needs. While it does ultimately pay to research, the more money you are willing or able to allocate to certain technologies, the general thought is that you should be able to manifest a significant savings in the long run.

Tips & Warnings

In everything you do, I am a firm believer that it is always a great idea to integrate your children into your projects. While there may be some hazardous projects, there are many things that they can do to help assist you with making your home more green or energy efficient. Fortunately, by helping to engrain this stewardship in the environment, you are instilling some really great life lessons while also helping to do your part to ensuring that they are resourceful contributors to society. By caring for and considering nature's resources, this adherence to stewardship can be carried into other realms such as financial and academic, as children will realize how to effectively manage diminishing resources without resorting to over consumption.