It is becoming harder to ignore the ill effects of climate change every year. The number of natural calamities and weather disturbances recently experienced around the world is a glaring warning to those who continue to abuse mother earth. If you haven’t joined the green bandwagon yet, then 2014 would be a good year to jump in. A few small changes in the household can make a difference in saving the environment. For instance, switching to solar power and LED for home lighting is a great idea for a home improvement project this year.

solar power, solar energySolar technology has been available for decades now, but there are still a lot of households that have yet to take advantage of its benefits. This technology basically makes use of solar energy to power the electrical needs in the household. Solar panels and battery charging stations are needed to harvest the energy from the sun and store it for household use. The initial cost of materials and installation is often perceived as expensive but they can be cost effective for both the household and the environment in the long run.

LED lightHouseholds are projected to reap the benefits of their investments in about 10 years and enjoy free electricity throughout the life span of their solar power system. Advanced power systems usually have a lifespan of at least 30 years. You can further save on energy consumption by using LED (Light Emitting Diode) Bulbs around the house. These bulbs utilize about 80% less energy than traditional light bulbs. They also last 25 times longer and would typically take 10 years before needing replacement.

People often stop and think hard about their investment in home improvement projects. But when it comes to environment friendly and cost effective energy solutions, Solar Power Systems and LEDs often get the green light.

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