What are the facts about reducing your carbon footprint?  With the rising cost of energy and global conflicts over fossil fuels it is becoming more important for every homeowner to make their house as eco friendly as possible. Which improvements will help your particular home will depend on how old the property is and how well it was constructed. Modern home builders are becoming increasingly aware of the need for better efficiency and improved insulation and many of these areas are being addressed in new homes. For instance, properly glazing windows is an excellent method of reducing excess solar energy in the home. Windows are one of the weakest areas in home efficiency, but triple glazed windows can remove most of this problem.

Another huge loss of energy comes from homes that rely on humans to control lights, heating and cooling functions. This particular problem is being addressed through the use of home automation. Automation products have been available for decades, but they have usually been in the realm of the hobbyist or the extreme technophiles. This is beginning to change as people realize that home automation can improve their utility bills and lower their carbon footprint. The system functions by using your home computer as the primary control center. It monitors the various areas of the home and adjust lights, heating or cooling for areas that aren’t in use. When home automation is designed into the house the overall savings in energy usage could be very high.

This begs the question of whether or not opening up your home to a network that is connected to the internet leaves you vulnerable to hackers and would-be thieves.  Home control systems that also allow you to operate certain things remotely could allow hackers to access your home’s functionality as well.  This is why ensuring that your computer systems are adequately secured using antimalware software and anti spyware software is a very important thing.  There are many websites that will help you to determine how best to protect your computer and network connections.

There are many simple ways to improve your energy consumption. For example, replacing your old hot water system with modern inline water heaters. The inline water heater doesn’t require a tank to store hot water. This means that the system isn’t continuously heating water even when it isn’t being used. To get the best functionality from inline water heaters they should be installed close to where they will be used. Because they don’t affect the other inline heaters you can install as many as the home requires. This is usually one in the kitchen and one for the bath. This particular change not only reduces wasted energy, it also cuts back on the amount of wasted water that occurs while waiting for hot water to reach the sink or tub.  Weatherization is another way to really help improve home energy use, and some government programs are designed to help families obtain this.

Another way to reduce energy costs is to use do smaller things. For example, many people leave their home computers running constantly. The reason for this is because it tends to take a long time for them to boot up or shut down. You can eliminate this problem by simply cleaning up your computer of spyware and malware so that its boot times are greatly diminished. Special software programs can help you do this very easily. I suggest to most people that they try to turn off their computers when they are not in use, and they can save a lot of money on their energy bills. If EVERYONE did this it would save the country a lot in the eco footprint. Every little bit helps. In fact, if you can switch your desktop computer for a laptop you will save even more money.