Start Living Greener Today! Simple Steps to a Greener Home

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Green HomesMaking your home more environmentally friendly isn't just good for the Earth, it could also save you money!

Drafty Windows and Doors: Keep the blustery cold air outdoors by stopping drafts at windows and doors. Also, before you leave your house for the day, close the drapes over the windows. As the blustery, chilly air blows outside, the drapes will help minimize the amount of cold air that seeps inside.

Fireplaces: Make sure the damper on your fireplace is completely closed. Keeping a damper open all winter is like having a small window open. Burrrr!

Refrigerator: Keep in mind that refrigerators run 24-7, and account for about 25 percent of a household’s energy use. To ensure your fridge is working efficiently, do the “dollar test.” Close the fridge’s door onto a dollar bill and check to see how much effort it takes for you to pull it out. If it comes out easily, the seal isn’t tight enough: It’s leaking cold air and needs to be fixed

Dishwashers: Believe it or not, using your dishwasher is a greener choice than washing by hand because you use less water.

Cleaning: Germs be gone! When you need to disinfect a kitchen or bathroom countertop of germs and bacteria, don’t reach for toxic, chlorine bleach. Instead, consider rubbing alcohol. It kills germs and evaporates quickly.

Home Offices: Your computer is a real energy hog, so be sure to remove the screen saver. When the flying toasters are running across the screen, your machine is still working at full power. Instead, put your PC on sleep mode. Just hit a key to “wake up” the computer. 

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Geoff ONeill
John L. Scott Medford - Medford, OR

Great Post.  We should all take these things into account esecially when we use these items on a daily basis.

Feb 23, 2010 01:29 AM #1
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Exceent post!  I think we all should be working towardsa "greener" lifestyle!  Additional things you can do...

  • buy the swirly bulbs
  • recycle
  • electronic thermostate for you home and program it according to your schedule.
  • Light off when leaving a room
  • Put Tv's and electronic equipment on power strips adn turn off the strip when not in use
Feb 23, 2010 01:32 AM #2
Amanda Alligood
Sunflower Creations - Yardley, PA

Taking these steps not only helps the environment it makes you feel good inside :)  Thanks for posting guys!  Oh and about the refrigerator...if yours is an energy hog look into the government's new incentives to help home owners buy new energy efficient appliances!

Feb 23, 2010 01:59 AM #3
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