10 Ways to become more energy efficient TODAY

Real Estate Agent with Texas Country Properties

If you thinK that being environmentally friendly & energy efficient is difficult, THINK AGAIN! You can make a difference in many ways. Here you will find 10 very simple ways to become more energy efficient & eco-friendly.

  1. Install a programmable thermostat to keep your house comfortably warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer.
  2. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the ENERGY STAR® label.

  3. Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.

  4. Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.

  5. Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).

  6. Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F.

  7. Look for the ENERGY STAR label on home appliances and products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency  guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

  8. Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.

  9. Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gasoline.

  10. Keep the shades closed during the heat of the day.


Posted by

Shelby Kyle-REALTOR

direct: 281-224-6299

RE/MAX Realty West

Fulshear, Texas


Comments (4)

Monika Depalo
REAL ESTATE Agent/Stager

Those are constants--and the a/c filter.

Sep 03, 2009 02:12 PM
Shelby Kyle
Texas Country Properties - Fulshear, TX

Monika, You are so right. I am just getting started! I love this subject and will add more from time to time! A good a/c filter is a fantastic way to create a healthier home environment by better filtering the air.

Sep 03, 2009 02:32 PM
Liz Flint
Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty - Houston, TX
Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066

All good points.  Also, I think it is Mario Andretti that says to make sure your tire pressure is correct or you waste gas.

Sep 03, 2009 02:55 PM
Robert Schwabe
EXP Realty - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate

Shelby - Great energy efficient list. I have the fluorescent bulbs and the energy star appliances. Now I just need to shut off my monitor at night.

Sep 03, 2009 04:18 PM