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For the true success of solar energy, people all over the world need to take three basic steps. The last step – the fourth step – is going out and buying a solar energy system. But before this, please do the following:

Step 1: Conserving energy means:

  • shut off lights after you use them
  • turn your furnace down, and turning it off when not in use
  • set room and house air conditioners at 25 degrees
  • use a barbecue to reduce your summer air conditioning needs
  • use water-efficient shower heads
  • fix leaky taps (read about more tips on water saving tips)

Step 2: Improving your energy efficiency means:

    • Compact fluorescent lighting, which uses 1/5th of the energy and lasts 10x longer.
    • Energy wisdom with your refrigerator. Have it open as little as possible. Let hot food cool on its own before you put it in the fridge.
    • Energy smarts with your freezer. Keep your freezer in a cool spot, so it doesn’t have to work as hard.
    • Using your microwave. You can save up to 50 percent of your cooking energy costs by using a microwave oven instead of a conventional oven. Read more about saving energy in the kitchen.

 

  • Energy Star appliances use up to 50 percent less electricity than older appliances.

 

Step 3: Deciding on a solar energy system that fits your needs includes:

  • knowing the size and cost involved and having a budget to match
  • sizing a solar energy system to your needs
  • choosing a solar provider or installing it yourself