Live "Green" or Die Hard!

By
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX N.O. Properties

Let's make our real estate more green and environmentally conscience shall we? So the title of the blog is a play on the Bruce Willis movie "Live Free or Die Hard." I haven't seen it but want to desperately! Anyway, I was doing a bit of research and stumbled upon a few ways to help the environment by doing a few small things around the house.

I know that I am not the most environmentally conscience person around, but I was inspired by a specific message I read on LiveEarth.org. It basically said that if everyone made small changes in their lifestyle, the overall effects would be tremendous. So why don't we make a small change or two and become a part of the solution of the climate crisis.

Environmentally conscience real estate ideas:

  • Change regular light bulbs to CFL bulbs: They typically consume 65-75% less electricity and last about 10 times longer.
  • Blanket insulation kits: Wrap your hot water heater in a blanket! They cost around $20 and can reduce your emissions by 1,000 pounds of CO2 a year
  • Heating and cooling: During the winter if you turn your heater down just one degree you can save 3% in heating costs. I’m assuming the effects are fairly similar with your a/c by turning it up a degree or two.
  • Turn off your computers: By turning your computers to sleep after periods of inactivity and turning it off at night, you can save as much as $100 a year in energy costs.
  • Phantom electricity: I had never heard of it before either but phantom electricity is the power used by an appliance when it is not on! TV’s and VCR’s waste $1 billion in lost electricity in the US annually. Solution: plug your TV’s, VCR’s, DVD’s, and Stereo’s into a power strip that can be turned off completely.

 

I hope we can all make a few changes and help the environment!

As always, please give me a call with all of your New Orleans Real Estate needs.

Darryl Glade ~ www.DarrylGlade.com ~ 504.451.8960

 

Sources: www.liveearth.org, www.onebillionbulbs.com

 More info on CFL bulbs:

~They typically consume 65%-75% less electricity than regular bulbs and last about 10 times longer.

~If one million people replaced one bulb we could eliminate more than 200,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

~They save you money! Over the life of one CFL it will save you around $89.

~Go to www.DarrylGlade.com to use the CFL replacement calculator to find out how much you can save by replacing 2, 3, 5, 10, etc. bulbs in your home.

Comments (2)

Collette Lee
Tower Realty - Riverside, CA
We have already gone green in our home now, but we plan to build our new home in Belize completely green from the ground up.  Going green saves you green!
Jan 17, 2008 05:58 AM
Clint Haynes
Peoples Home Equity, Inc. - Mount Juliet, TN
It only takes a little from everyone to make a big difference
Jan 17, 2008 06:11 AM