Nashville, Tenn. (PRWEB) March 22, 2013
The 43rd annual celebration of Earth Day will be held on April 22, 2013. With a global theme of “The Face of Climate Change,” Earth Day 2013 will include a wide variety of environmental activities involving many people in a variety of countries. Power4Patriots, which suggests that homeowners get off the electrical grid and generate their own solar and wind power, offers the first seven in an ongoing series of energy-saving tips below.
Extreme weather is the single greatest cause of power outages, according to Power4Patriots, leaving countless millions of Americans in the dark through the years. The best way to keep the lights and heat on is by becoming independent of the vulnerable U.S. power grid, says the company, which recommends that people learn how to generate their own electricity through solar panels and wind turbines.
The Power4Patriots system is an environmentally friendly way to cut energy costs by as much as 75 percent while making a home, cabin or RV self-sufficient. The system is a collection of videos and manuals describing how to build solar panels, wind turbines, water heaters and solar heaters.
It includes six videos demonstrating how to build a solar panel, including choosing the right materials, finding the right site for the system and avoiding costly mistakes; 10 Frequently Asked Questions videos; and two instruction manuals with step-by-step, illustrated directions. It also includes four videos and two instruction manuals detailing how to build a wind turbine.
With much of the U.S. experiencing a chilly start to the early spring as Earth Day 2013 approaches, Power4Patriots’ first seven energy-saving tips focus on heating.
- Set the home thermostat to 68 to 70 degrees during cold days and 65 to 68 at night.
- Leave drapes, blinds and window shades open during the day to enable the sun to heat the home.
- Make sure that no vents are covered by furniture, drapes, articles of clothing, etc.
- Change the heating filter once a month for greater efficiency.
- Invest in an energy-efficient heat pump that will cut heating costs. Rebates can help with these upgrades.
- Limit the use of portable heaters. They can be expensive when used too often.
- Keep the fireplace flue closed when not in use.
People who are interested in exploring the idea of solar panels for their homes but are concerned about the price may want to consider building their own. Check out this video that answers the question of how long it takes to build a solar panel using the Power4Patriots system.