10 Simple Steps Toward Going Green While Saving Green!

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I know everyone has heard over and over again about global warming, going green and saving our planet. And as much as it might sometimes sound redundant or overstated there is a huge direct impact we can make with a few simple steps I've listed below. These are not new ideas or concepts rather simple suggestions that if you incorporate into your daily life could make a huge impact and help for future generations to come enjoy this beautiful planet we call Earth!


1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Do your part to reduce waste by choosing reusable products instead of disposables. Buying products with minimal packaging (including the economy size when that makes sense for you) will help to reduce waste. And whenever you can, recycle paper, plastic, newspaper, glass and aluminum cans. If there isn't a recycling program at your workplace, school, or in your community, ask about starting one. By recycling half of your household waste, you can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.

2. Use Less Heat and Air Conditioning

Adding insulation to your walls and attic, and installing weather stripping or caulking around doors and windows can lower your heating costs more than 25 percent, by reducing the amount of energy you need to heat and cool your home.

Turn down the heat while you're sleeping at night or away during the day, and keep temperatures moderate at all times. Setting your thermostat just 2 degrees lower in winter and higher in summer could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.

3. Change a Light Bulb

Wherever practical, replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Replacing just one 60-watt incandescent light bulb with a CFL will save you $30 over the life of the bulb. CFLs also last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, use two-thirds less energy, and give off 70 percent less heat.

If every U.S. family replaced one regular light bulb with a CFL, it would eliminate 90 billion pounds of greenhouse gases, the same as taking 7.5 million cars off the road.


4. Drive Less and Drive Smart

Less driving means fewer emissions. Besides saving gasoline, walking and biking are great forms of exercise. Explore your community mass transit system, and check out options for carpooling to work or school.

When you do drive, make sure your car is running efficiently. For example, keeping your tires properly inflated can improve your gas mileage by more than 3 percent. Every gallon of gas you save not only helps your budget, it also keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

5. Buy Energy-Efficient Products

When it's time to buy a new car, choose one that offers good gas mileage. Home appliances now come in a range of energy-efficient models with the "energy star" logo listed below, and compact florescent bulbs are designed to provide more natural-looking light while using far less energy than standard light bulbs (see pics above).

Avoid products that come with excess packaging, especially molded plastic and other packaging that can't be recycled. If you reduce your household garbage by 10 percent, you can save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.

6. Use Less Hot Water

Set your water heater at 120 degrees to save energy, and wrap it in an insulating blanket if it is more than 5 years old. Buy low-flow showerheads to save hot water and about 350 pounds of carbon dioxide yearly. Wash your clothes in warm or cold water to reduce your use of hot water and the energy required to produce it. That change alone can save at least 500 pounds of carbon dioxide annually in most households. Use the energy-saving settings on your dishwasher and let the dishes air-dry.

7. Use the "Off" Switch

Save electricity and reduce global warming by turning off lights when you leave a room, and using only as much light as you need. And remember to turn off your television, video player, stereo and computer when you're not using them.

It's also a good idea to turn off the water when you're not using it. While brushing your teeth, shampooing the dog or washing your car, turn off the water until you actually need it for rinsing. You'll reduce your water bill and help to conserve a vital resource.

8. Plant a Tree

If you have the means to plant a tree, start digging. During photosynthesis, trees and other plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. They are an integral part of the natural atmospheric exchange cycle here on Earth, but there are too few of them to fully counter the increases in carbon dioxide caused by automobile traffic, manufacturing and other human activities. A single tree will absorb approximately one ton of carbon dioxide during its lifetime.

9. Get a Report Card from Your Utility Company

Many utility companies provide free home energy audits to help consumers identify areas in their homes that may not be energy efficient. In addition, many utility companies offer rebate programs to help pay for the cost of energy-efficient upgrades.

10. Encourage Others to Conserve

Share information about recycling and energy conservation with your friends, neighbors and co-workers, and take opportunities to encourage public officials to establish programs and policies that are good for the environment.

These 10 steps will take you a long way toward reducing your energy use and your monthly budget. And less energy use means less dependence on the fossil fuels that create greenhouse gases and global warming.

 Only the Best,

Tom Re

Please feel free to email me any questions at tom@mrmold.net

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Comments (14)

Ann Gioe, CRP, GMS
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Indiana Realty - Indianapolis, IN
Central and Southern Indiana Real Estate

The only one I have trouble with is using less hot water.  Its hard to drag myself out of the shower on those cold mornings!!!!

Feb 25, 2010 02:13 AM
Tom Re
Mold Doctor - Parlin, NJ

LOL! Ann, thats the one where I fail as well! If you checkout my facebook page, I posted a video yesterday on where you could get free shower heads that use less water: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/mrmold1?ref=profile

Stay Warm!


Feb 25, 2010 02:18 AM
Linu Abraham
Rockland county Real Estate LLC - Nanuet, NY

I wanted to add a couple more...

Think twice before you print anything...

Reduce use of paper by printing both sides...

Turn off all electronics that has a clock while not in use like dvd player, set top boxes , music player, computers etc.. It saves a lot when combined.

Recycle your used charging batteries, cell phones etc.

Feb 25, 2010 02:19 AM
Jani Savage
United Broker's Group, Phoenix Metro - Chandler, AZ
Professional Realtor, ABR, CMRE, SFR

True we all need to do our part.  I live in the desert, do not have a green thumb, but for years have marveled over those who do.  I have an awesome raised bed garden, my little part of going green.  Fresh lettuce, parsley, carrots, arugula, and spinach already.  My artichoke used to fit in a protective gatorade bottle, but since November, has grown to a full 3ft bush. 

When real estate cramps my style, I play in the dirt, regroup, and know I am doing good for the planet and my family.  Try it...you may be surprised!  Ahh, the fruits of my labor, wet signatures don't matter here!


Feb 25, 2010 02:20 AM
Tom Re
Mold Doctor - Parlin, NJ


Great add-on suggestions!

thank u!

Feb 25, 2010 02:20 AM
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Great tips here Tommy.  Like Ann, I love long showers, hot in the winter and cool in the summer!  

Feb 25, 2010 02:21 AM
Tom Re
Mold Doctor - Parlin, NJ

Susan,  I know there's nothing like a relaxing hot shower to get all the stress out my body! A fewyears ago I was in Costa Rica at this beautiful "green" resort that had something I never have seen before, it was a electrical device that heated the water at the tip of shower head! It was so cool and effective at heating cold water as the point of release! I need to research it and bring it to the masses :-)

Hey are you guys getting hit by this snow??? There is like 5" on the ground by me and accumulating quickly! Be Safe!

Feb 25, 2010 02:31 AM
Mike Saunders
Retired - Athens, GA

Two ways to use less hot water, or water in general.

1) Use a handheld shower head on a hose. You can rinse of more quickly by directing the spray at those areas that might be bit hard to reach with a regular fixed shower head.

2) Use a bucket to gather water while waiting for it to heat up. If you have a handheld shower head on a hose it is easy to direct the spray into the bucket without losing any water. Use this water to water plants, for cleaning, and for flushing "liquid" waste.


You can also replace your regular screens with "solar" window screens.


Feb 25, 2010 03:14 AM
Tom Re
Mold Doctor - Parlin, NJ


Great info! The handheld makes so much sense!

And yes lets not forget Solar!

Thank U!

Feb 25, 2010 03:35 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Tom, is that bicycle guy texting while he's riding?  Geeze!  Think of all the energy he'll be using up in the ICU!  Good post.

Feb 25, 2010 04:44 AM
Tom Re
Mold Doctor - Parlin, NJ

Pat, your the only one that picked up on that! I thought it was kinda of funny yet peculiar so i slipped it in there! Ur right that could create for possible life support!

Thanks for commenting :-)


Feb 25, 2010 06:28 AM
Jami Asanovich
Smart Concept Realty, LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
Doing the right thing, every time!

Thanks for the tips and gentle reminders. :) I have started saving all of my "oops" printouts for my neices to make art with. Have a great weekend!

Feb 26, 2010 01:05 PM
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Hey Mr. Mold.  Where have you been?  


May 29, 2010 04:25 PM
Jami Asanovich
Smart Concept Realty, LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
Doing the right thing, every time!

TOM!!!! Are you ever going to blog again?? I subscribed to your blog forever ago and I am missing your posts...

Sep 11, 2010 07:06 PM