Earth Day 2013 Prompts Power4Patriots to Offer More Energy-Saving Tips

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Earth Day 2013 will be celebrated today. Power4Patriots, which offers environmentally-friendly ways to cut energy costs, is joining the celebration by concluding its recommendations of energy-saving activities.

Use portable space heaters when the entire house does not need to be heated, which will save energy and money.

One of the Earth Day Network’s many programs connected to Earth Day 2013 is the Canopy Project. The organization plants trees that help some of the world’s most impoverished communities, due to the capacity of trees to reverse the impact of land degradation and provide food, energy and income to those communities.

More than 1.5 million trees have been planted in 18 countries under this program. In the United States, urban canopy projects have been completed in cities including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Flint and Chicago. In addition, approximately 500,000 trees have been planted in Haiti, where earthquakes caused landslides on deforested hillsides, and 350,000 trees have been planted in high-poverty districts in central Uganda to provide farmers with food, fuel, fencing and soil stability.

The 43rd annual celebration of Earth Day will be held today. It will include a wide variety of environmental activities involving an estimated 1 billion people in hundreds of countries. Power4Patriots, which suggests that homeowners get off the electrical grid and generate their own solar and wind power, offers the fifth and final set of 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 both short term and long term. 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.

In honor of Earth Day 2013, below are more energy-saving tips from Power4Patriots:

  •     If possible, use natural gas for heating. It is less expensive than other heating fuels.
  •     Insulate the attic, which will allow for less energy usage to keep the house warm.
  •     Insulate around windows and doors by weather stripping and caulking areas where there are obvious leaks.
  •     Use portable space heaters when the entire house does not need to be heated, which will save energy and money.
  •     Limit the use of fireplaces, which can sometimes let more heat out of a house than they produce.
  •     Gain control of the airflow in the house. Proper airflow ensures energy efficiency.
  •     When installing new windows, select double-paned, thermal windows. Use storm windows during the winter months.

Check out this Power4Patriots video to learn how much it costs to build a Power4Patriots off-grid system.

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