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Being Conservative...in many ways.

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams

Nowdays not only are times tight financially but we have a big responsibility to watch our energy usage for the environmnent.  I hope everyone can start at least two of these items right away.  As Realtors, we are responsible for setting an example and we can instill these habits in our clients almost without them even noticing.


  • Install a programmable thermostat to keep your house comfortably warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer.
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the ENERGY STAR® label.
  • Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.
  • Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
  • 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 DVD players in standby mode still use several watts of power).
  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F.
  • Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gasoline.
  • 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.
  • Visit www.energysavers.gov for more energy-saving ideas.


Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

With rising energy cost, doing any or all of these on your list will not only save us money but save the environment as well.  Thanks for that great list!

Aug 17, 2011 07:06 AM
Charlie Dresen
The Group, Inc - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

Great ideas and reminder Heather. Someone needs to develop a meter that actually shows up the cost saving when we turn off stuff.

Aug 17, 2011 07:08 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Great points, Heather! Every little action can add up to big savings.

Aug 17, 2011 07:14 AM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Heather,  I am glad you posted this list... because I see I am doing better than I thought...(she said, patting herself on the back.)

Already doing almost everything on the list... but I will re-read, and see if there is anything else I can be doing.  I rarely use my DVD player, so unplugging that, while a little thing, will save a little.  And... I need to start unplugging my computer at night... instead of either leaving it on, or simply turning it off.  Even when the computer is turned off... I am guessing that there is some wattage being used.  I am not sure of that, however.

Aug 18, 2011 06:10 AM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Heather... I just noticed that you have not "included" this post in any of the Active Rain Groups.  So, I went to your profile page to see what groups you are in, and found that you have not joined any.  Perhaps you are not aware of the benefits ?

Active Rain encourages us to "include" each of our posts in as many as a maximum of five of the Active Rain Groups.  The more groups you include, or display your posts in, the more sets of eyeballs that can see them, and read them, and perhaps comment on them.

I have looked at some of your posts... and I like what I see.  But... without including them in any groups... you are about as invisible as a blogger can be here on Active Rain.

Here is a post I wrote called Using the Active Rain "Groups" Feature .  I suggest you give it a read, so you can get an idea of how beneficial using the Groups feature can be.  I have had many Newbies, and many Oldbies as well tell me they found the post very useful.

Also... I have subscribed to your blog.  I invite you to subscribe to mine.

Aug 18, 2011 06:17 AM