Three Easy Steps to 'Green' Your Home

Everywhere you turn, you hear that you should be ‘greening your home’ or becoming more ‘environmentally friendly.’ For many of us, there is so much information to absorb that we tend to do very little.

As a homeowner, or even as a renter, there are some easy things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint that take very little extra effort.  Here are three things you could do this week:

 

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1.    Change your thermostat by one degree. Studies show that for every one degree you adjust it (up in the summer, down in the winter), you can save up to 3% on your energy bills.
2.    Install a programmable thermostat (and program it). I just did a quick internet search and came up with one that was priced at $21.99. If your house sits empty during the day, wouldn’t you rather pay less to keep it warm or cool? Renters would need to check with their landlords, but I would guess that most would welcome a professionally installed improvement to their property.
3.    Recycle Your Trash: Most trash companies offer curbside recycling of glass, plastic, aluminum and cardboard. Even if yours does not, many counties and towns have center based recycling that you can take advantage of while out doing your errands (combining errands is a great way to save fuel). If your garbage company does not offer curbside recycling, call them and ask when it will be added.

Taking these 3 steps may not be as significant as, say, installing solar panels on your roof, but they are small  ways that you can work toward minimizing your impact on the environment and preserving our earth for future generations—and maybe save some money, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 4 commentsHolly Weatherwax • July 30 2009 07:52AM

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I am trying..installed new AC last month, new thermostat as well. Just replaced all the lights with those CFL or whatever they are bulbs that use less energy. I am trying but not quite a tree-hugger yet.  Good post!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 9 years ago

The hardest thing is to figure out how to program those thermostats...I am a pretty technical gal and they always challenge me!! Good luck and keep up the good work--you can be a tree-hugger in no time :)

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) over 9 years ago

Every little bit helps... the funny thing about being "green" is...most of the concepts are nothing more than common sense.

Posted by Mike Hogan, MBA (The Hogan Group at Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

a few more easy ideas.

• Check your sprinkler system to make sure the sprinkler heads are pointed in the right direction.

• As the weather cools reduce the time your sprinkler system runs.

• Run the dishwasher only when it is full.

• unplug rechargers when not in use.

• turn off your computer when not in use.

Posted by Doug Stucky (Stucky Design, Inc.) about 9 years ago

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