Monday, October 27, 2008

Homeowners Great Ideas for Saving from the Simple Dollar

As a Realtor, Mother and Faithful energy conscience proponent, I subscribe to numerous newsletters and publications to learn as much as I can about being a non-wasteful green devotee.

Some of these I use myself, I have recommended many of these tips to my buyers and sellers, now I wish to share with you some of the tips I have learned and the new ones that I saw posted on the Simple Dollar. Please review below and see what you can use to help you save.

1. Check the insulation in your attic - and install more if needed.

2. Lower the temperature on your hot water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (55 degrees Celsius)

3. Toss a water heater blanket over that hot water heater as well.

4. Install ceiling fans in most rooms.

5. Wrap exposed water pipes with insulation.

6. Install a programmable thermostat - and learn how to use it.

7. Hang a clothes rack in your laundry room (or, better yet, an outdoor clothesline).

8. Check all toilets & under-sink plumbing for leaks or constant running - and check faucets, too.

9. Replace your air handling filter.

10. Make sure the vents in all rooms are clear of dust and obstructions.

11. Mark any cracks in the basement with dated masking tape.

12. Install CFL and LED light bulbs in some locations.

13. Choose energy efficient appliances, even if you have to pay more up front.

14. Set up your home electronics with a SmartStrip or two.

15. Air-seal your home.

16. Plant shade trees near your house.

17. Take advantage of tax benefits for any improvements you make.

18. Develop a home maintenance checklist - and run through it for the first time


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