When looking at the outdoors, you will find several opportunities to save energy. For instance, you can make your pool more energy efficient with a little bit of effort. What’s more, the status of yard can affect the inside of your house.
In other words, taking the time and effort to optimize the outdoors can help you save money indoors, which is all the more reason you should inspect your pool, brainstorm ideas for your landscaping, take a look at your roofing, and investigate different options for harnessing renewable energy.
Although there are several components in your pool that are integral to its everyday functionality, the two parts that consume the most energy are the pump and the heating unit. Consequently, most of the advice in this section will look into how you can make the most of these two.
- Starting with pumps, you should make sure that you have an energy efficient motor installed.
- Many pool owners fall into the mistake of buying a pool pump that is too powerful for their needs, which is something you should avoid doing if you want to save energy.
- Use a timer with your pump rather than having it work around the clock; ideally, you should have your pump work for eight hours a day.
- Resembling air conditioners and heaters, your pool’s pump can get overworked if you have a dirty filter that impedes your water’s flow. So, you ought to clean the filter on a regular basis.
- Avoid leaving your heater on all the time, even when you are on vacation or have no plans to use the pool in the near future.
- Remember that the higher the temperature you set your pool to, the more energy is expended to warm up all that water. An excellent way to help preserve your pool’s temperature is to cover it with a pool cover.
Not only does landscaping make your backyard look gorgeous, but it also presents you with several opportunities to save energy. Over and above, it contributes to reducing your energy consumption inside the house.
- Planting trees can be essential for creating cool shade in the summer and windbreakers during the winter.
- By placing deciduous trees at the east and west ends of your home, where the summer sun usually hits the most, you can actually cut your air conditioning costs by 25%.
- Providing shade to your AC unit can make it function more efficiently. Just be sure to give the AC enough space and to get rid of any obstructions that might affect the flow of air into it.
- In order to block a large portion of the cold winter air, you should plant trees and shrubs in the north area of your home, especially since the northwest direction can be a source of chilly winds. Along with acting as windbreaks that reduce the wind chill effect, the trees can create a zone of insulating dead air space.
- It is important to leave the southern direction of your house open due to it being a source of direct sunlight during winter.
Renewable Energy: Solar Panel
The cost of solar photovoltaic cells has been going down over the past decade, prompting house owners with plenty of sun to make use of the trend and install solar electric systems in their backyard. You too can get in on the action and install solar panels. The most obvious advantage of doing this is that you can supplement the energy you get from the grid, lowering your overall costs.
There are several gadgets that you can install in your backyard that derive their energy from the sun.
- Your pool can be heated by drawing the water into a tank, heating the water in that tank with solar energy, and pumping it back into the pool. A digital controller can be used to ensure that the temperature of the pool remains constant and comfortable.
- Try using solar lights, which recharge during the day and turn on the instant the sun goes down. This is not to mention that solar lights don’t need cords or wires to work, which can make your life easier.
Throughout this chapter, we’ve seen how you can outfit your outdoors to minimize your electric consumption. We started by looking at how to optimize your swimming pool, moved on to discussing your landscaping, and ended by talking about using solar cells as a source of renewable energy. In the next chapter, we will talk about a few seasonal energy saving tips.