Living Green Conservation Tips

Real Estate Agent with Country Houses Real Estate

Here is a list of ideas that can help with conservations efforts. It really is amazing how we can over look even abuse our natural resources because we take them for granted. If we all do a little the savings will be huge!

  • Don't let the water run while brushing your teeth
  • Use a timer while taking a shower
  • When waiting for water to heat up, collect the cool water and water your plants or animals
  • Use a power strip for appliances and office equipment and turn off while not in use
  • Turn lights off when exiting a room, office or conference room
  • Air dry clothes
  • Run the dishwasher when full
  • Set the thermostat as low or high as possible depending on the season
  • Clean your furnace filters, it will work easier and be more efficient
  • Clean air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators, do not block with furniture or window treatments
  • During the winter months let the sun shine in for solar gain
  • Close the blinds or drapes at night
  • In warmer climates close the drapes or blinds on the south and west facing windows for easier cooling
  • Don't place lamps or TV sets near an air conditioning thermostat
  • Use a covered kettle or pot when boiling water, it's faster and saves energy
  • use old office paper for scratch paper
  • Turn off computers at the power strip, this will shut down everything
  • RECYCLE!!!!!

Comments (5)

Pangaea Interior Design Kitchen & Bath Design, Remodeling
Portland Oregon - Portland, OR

Great tips. Hadn't thought about the lamps or tv near the thermostat. Fortunately, my thermostat is in a hallway, but I should keep this in mind for my interior design clients' furniture placement. Every little bit helps!

Jul 23, 2009 04:46 AM
Mike Hogan
The Hogan Group at Keller Williams Realty - Mechanicsville, VA

Great list Jeff- its funny how we sometimes forget the easy stuff. It's funny how common sense this all this...

Jul 23, 2009 01:52 PM

Always good advice.

Jul 25, 2009 02:16 AM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert


If I try to incorporate another recycling bin into our kitchen, my wife may be tempted to recycle me!  Great reminders that are never out of style, but we are incorporating motion sensors to some of our lighting switches to turn off the lights after leaving the room in case someone forgets (Jodee!)

Sep 09, 2009 10:19 AM
John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

Thanks Jeff...great tips. Just goes to show once again that changing habits can go a long way toward achieving a greener lifestyle. With regard to lighting I would add to simply turn any and all light off that are not needed even if you are in the room. Often, there are simply more lights on than are necessary when a simple lamp may suffice.



Nov 05, 2009 02:49 AM