Save Money and the Environment by Conserving Electricity

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Real Estate Agent with The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC BROK.0995685104-ASA

You can save money and the environment by conserving electricity.  Here are four easy ways to start conserving electricity and saving yourself money today:

  1. Save money and the environment by conserving electricityDon't just turn off; unplug.  Just because an appliance or device is turned off, doesn't mean it isn't using electricity.  Devices that are plugged into an electrical outlet are responsible for approximately 5-10% of your monthly electrical usage.  When you are not using your hair dryer, toaster, cell phone charger, etc., turn them off and then unplug them until you use them again.
  2. Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs.  Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) lasts 10 times as long as regular incandescent light bulbs, use about 75% less electricity, can save $30 over the lifetime of the bulb and ends up paying for itself within six months.
  3. Energy Star.  While the Energy Star appliances may be a little pricier up front, over time, they actually save you money thanks to their efficient use of electricity.  An Energy Star appliance uses 10-50% less electricity than standard appliances and they help reduce air pollutants and emissions.  Also, many utility companies as well as government agencies offer rebates when you purchase a new Energy Star appliance to replace an old, outdated appliance.  Check with the salesperson and your local utility company for more info.
  4. Daytime use.  If your house is empty during the day, you should set your thermostat higher (like 85 F).  Set your programmable thermostat to go off approximately 30 minutes before you typically get home so that the house will be cooled off before you get there.  If you are home during the day, you may want to open all the windows as soon as possible to help cool off the interior of your house naturally.

By following these simple rules, you can save money and the environment by conserving electricity.  Do your part for the environment and your pocketbook. 

Yvonne Martin, The Martin Team, Let My Family Bring Your Family Home to Hammond Real Estate

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Rainmaker
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Jim Frimmer
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But if you don't have a programmable thermostat, I can highly recommend installing one. They will pay for themselves very quickly through lower utility bills.

Jul 26, 2010 06:24 PM #1
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I guess that every little bit helps.  These tips will effect change.

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Yvonne, Great tips.  Thank you.

Gloria

Jul 28, 2010 07:23 AM #3
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