Energy Saving Tips

By
Mortgage and Lending with George Mason Mortgage, LLC.

With Halloween ending and the holiday season offically upon us, old man winter is looming around the corner.  Actually, with snow blanketing much of the east-coast it has arrived in many areas.  Here is a list of energy saving ideas from from the Department of Energy for tips around the home to save energy and most importantly, money. 

 

  • 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 DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot 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.

Next blog topic is about the new HARP Program unveiled by the Obama Administration last month to allow borrowers to refinance into current market rates.  Will break down who this helps and who it leaves out. 

Comments (2)

Paul Stokes & Dean Rooke | Del Mar, Solana Beach & Cardiff Real Estate
Harcourts JADE Properties - Del Mar, CA

Mitche, I changed my thermostat to programmable a few years ago and wonder why they even make any other kind? I love it. It's nice to know you're not paying for heat when you're gone and your home will be warm when you get home.

As far as the showers, I just can not take a short shower, even if I'm running late ....

Nov 01, 2011 03:35 AM
Jimmy Katz
Wynd Realty & Katz Realty Group - Alpharetta, GA
"REAL Solutions for Real Estate!"

great advice.  i have found recently that changing my AC filter often helps too, as the unit does not have to work harder to work through the dirt buildup

Nov 01, 2011 03:39 AM