Learning how to reduce your energy consumption

Learning how to reduce your energy consumption

An easy guide on how to increase your energy efficiency

Thinking about purchasing a wind turbine to produce your own electricity, to become more energy independent and to get rid of those pesky utility bills? Great! However, before you dive into turbine research, let’s take a minute and talk about how you can reduce your energy consumption for your home or business by simply following a few energy efficient guidelines. You may lighten your carbon emissions, but your wallet will become a bit heavier!


Reducing your energy consumption will subsequently lower your utility bills and reduce the size the home-based renewable energy system you will need. To achieve maximum energy efficiency, look at your home or business as a whole. View it as an energy system that has interlaced parts, all of which work together to contribute towards your systems efficiency. Look everywhere from your insulation to what kind of light bulbs are installed—all the little things add up to big efficiency savings.

Here are some tips to further increase your efficiency:

  • Reduce your heating and cooling needs by some 30 percent simply by investing a few hundred dollars in quality insulations and weatherization products. Don’t let the heat or air conditioning escape—it’s money flying out the window!
  • Save money and increase comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your heating system, ventilation and air-conditioning units.
  • Install double-paned, gas-filled windows with low-emissivity (low-e) coatings to reduce heat loss in cold climates and spectrally selective coatings to reduce heat gain in warm climates.
  • Replace your lights in high-use areas with fluorescents. Replacing 25 percent of your lights can save you a staggering 50 percent of your lighting energy bill.
  • When shopping for appliances, look for the Energy Star® label, which have been identified by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as being the most energy-efficient products in their classes.


It may seem minuscule but a majority of people are letting their energy efficiency rapidly decrease right under their nose. Take a weekend and evaluate your home or office building to see different ways you can improve it.  Unplug appliances that aren’t being used often, use natural lighting whenever possible and limit the amount of laundry you do a week. Sometimes just taking a step  back will allow you to see the bigger picture. Small wind electric systems can make a significant contribution to not only your personal energy needs but also the nations. Although wind turbines large enough to provide a large portion of electricity needed by the average U.S. home generally require one acre of property of more, some 21 million U.S. homes are built on one-acre and larger sits, and 24 percent of the U.S. population lives in packed and crowed rural areas.


  • There is enough wind where you live
  • Tall towers are allowed in your neighborhood or rural area
  • You have enough space
  • You can determine how much electricity you need or want to produce
  • It works economically

To see if wind will work for you, take our free wind energy assessment. We’ll walk you through some basic starter questions to help you determine how you can reap the benefits of wind, what kind of solution fits your needs and what kind of tax credits you can expect.  

Learn more about how you can start harnessing your home or business with the power of wind.

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