Real Estate Agent with Realty Pro Albuquerque
As an EcoBroker, I have a commitment to helping homeowners learn ways that they can make our larger home a healthier and safer place by helping them understand ways to make their own homes more energy efficient and have better indoor air quality while saving money. Here are some tips from a very good website with lots of practical ideas. The link to the site is at the bottom of the list. 

Around the House

  1. Don't use a leaf blower. Instead, get a broom and a shovel. Do it by hand. It will make your place look cleaner and you get a little bit of exercise. Your neighbors will thank you for the noise reduction, too!
  2. Buy local produce when you go to the grocery store rather than items trucked in from far away.
  3. Plant a tree. Well-placed landscaping cuts energy costs in summer and winter. Whilst alive, the tree will store carbon dioxide that would otherwise be in the atmosphere.
  4. Repaint your house with latex paint instead of oil. The paint releases significantly fewer harmful fumes while drying and smells a lot better.
  5. Make sure the dishwasher and washing machine are full before running them to save energy and money.
  6. Buy energy efficient appliances with the "Energy Star" label.
  7. Call your local utility and sign up for renewable energy. If they don't offer it, ask them why not.
  8. Get a home energy audit. Many utilities offer free audits, which may reveal simple ways to cut emissions.
  9. Weatherize your home, caulk, and weather-strip your doorways and windows. Not only will this save energy, but it will save you money!
  10. Move your thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer.
  11. Unplug your cell phone charger and other electronics from the wall when you are not using them. Did you know that even when turned "off" your cell phone chargers, DVD players, and cameras use small amounts of energy?
  12. Make sure to turn off lights and other energy-sucking devices when they aren't being used.
  13. Replace your normal light bulbs with fluorescent ones. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are more expensive, but replacing just one light bulb will save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide. They produce the same amount of light, last 10 times as long, and use a 1/4 of the electricity - reducing your energy consumption AND your electric bill!
  14. Take shorter showers.
  15. If you're leaving your computer for a while, put it on stand-by. You'll be able to restart it quickly, and it'll take less energy than shutting it down and then restarting it.
  16. Before turning the heating on, put on thick socks and a sweater.
  17. Consider changing your diet. Both the burning of fossil fuels during food production and non-carbon dioxide emissions associated with livestock and animal waste contribute to the problem. Cutting down on just a few eggs or hamburgers each week is an easy way to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.


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