Tips to Cut Home Utility Bills - Energy Tips

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Tips to Cut Home Utility Bills - Energy Tips.  So how do you make a difference in your energy and utility bills going forward?  First you should consider doing an energy assessment of your home's energy use.  How to do this energy assessment?  Hiring an energy auditor through your own electric company is one way to go.  The auditor money from energy tips in ri real estatecan take thermal imaging of your home to show areas where the warm air is escaping.  Then the auditor can recommend energy effective solutions to improve your energy usage.  Go to the Department of Energy web site for more energy tips but for now use these as follows:

- Wash your clothes in cold water
- Do FULL loads of laundry and dishes to avoid wasting energy and water
- Clean the dryer lint filter after EVERY laundry load to improve air circulation, speed drying and eliminate the chance of dryer fire.
- Take showers instead of baths and install low flow shower heads in all showers
- Fix leaky faucets around the house.  Install water saving faucet attachments
- Install energy efficient light bulbs
- Bring more natural light into your home through windows and skylights, reducing the need for artifical lighting during the day
- Turn off appliances or lights not in use
- Unplug block type chargers ( i.e. laptop or cell phone) when not in use.  Remember that your charging device is still using electricity if it is plugged in
- Turn desktop computers off when not in use for extended periods of time
- Get a programmable thermostat and have it installed.  Don't heat or cool space at a stay at home temperature when you are not home!
Make good energy changes in your home living style today and start saving some bigger change (kaching $$). Christmas is coming is it not?!
 A public service post brought to you by your waterfront Rhode Island real estate Realtor, Ginny GormanTips to Cut Home Utility Bills - Energy Tips.


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Ginny.... good list to follow.... I'll pass on the light bulbs.... I hate that look....

Sep 24, 2012 09:07 PM #1
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Ginny,

All good things to do and very sound advice.

But try drying the clothes outside on the clothes lines. This will save a ton over the years.

Of course in the winter I say the heck with the lines use the dryer. LOL

Have a great day in North Kingstown.

Best, Clint McKie

Sep 24, 2012 09:09 PM #2
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Ginny: Good energy tips that will help the environment and keep a few extra dollars in our pockets...a win-win!

Sep 24, 2012 09:10 PM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Ginny,

Excellent tips on many energy saving ideas to cut home utility bills! An energy assessment of the home is something many consumers should consider.

Sep 24, 2012 09:12 PM #4
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Excellent energy saving tips Ginny and great reminders too.  Stuff I seem to forget about like the phone charger and laptop.

Sep 24, 2012 09:57 PM #5
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Barbara, there are new ones that hide the curvy coils that are pleasant to the eyes!

Clint, no doubt but you have more sunshine than we do...ours freeze on the lines!

Anita, i will do a blog where i helped my clients cut their bill in half...they are now listing their home with me.

Dorie, it is so wise to do..

Roger, the power charger are a huge issue.

Sep 24, 2012 10:16 PM #6
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Ginny -

What an excellent list of how to save money and energy.  I think we're on board with most of your To Do's.  We don't use the pig tail light bulbs in pendant lights or in the ones that are on dimmers.  Dimmers blow the bulbs.  We are very conscious about turning off things in the office when we walk out the door for any length of time.

Sep 24, 2012 11:04 PM #7
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Ginny.   Guilty of leaving all charging things plugged in.    Nice list for saving energy and money and a good reminder for me to unplug! 

Sep 25, 2012 12:08 AM #8
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Ginny - A great reminder ..... it always amazes me how many of the little things people tend to forget when it comes to energy conservation.

Sep 25, 2012 04:22 AM #9
Darlene Method
Phoenix, AZ

Being from AZ. this is a great post for me. TY for the tips...

Sep 25, 2012 06:17 AM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ginny, coming into the colder months, the timing of your post is excellent!     It is nice to save a few $$ on our bills, and I only run my dishwasher every 4-5 days (when I run out of coffee cups) and still hang out my clothes rather than using the dryer.   Plus, they smell better!

Sep 25, 2012 09:08 AM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ginny those are good tips.  I do some of those already, but I can always try to incorporate a few more.

Sep 25, 2012 10:26 AM #12
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Great suggestions! Unplugging the chargers is such a great tip - one our children told us about. Going to share these with Frank :)


Sep 25, 2012 12:05 PM #13
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Ginny, great tips....these days Long Island is mandating Energy Efficient homes....helping the home owners along to savings!

Sep 25, 2012 02:16 PM #14
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Great list, Ginny. There are so many things one can do.

Another suggestion - run your major appliances at off hours, based on the hours provide by your utility company. As an example, we can save alot of electricity in San Diego County if we run the DW, W and D before 10 am and after 6, and our power company provides credits if you sign up for saving power on certain days. Great incentive, and it's good for everyone, especially when it's hot an AC is running everywhere.


Sep 25, 2012 03:00 PM #15
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Hello Ginny,I just love all the great tips you posted here.I will definitely share this with my girlfriends.Thanks for this great feature.Keep being the best North Kingstown Short Sale Agent. 

Sep 25, 2012 09:41 PM #16
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

It's amazing what just a few small changes or habits can do to save a lot of money, great tips!

Sep 26, 2012 12:46 AM #17
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

I always enjoy reading your post! It's always helpful and essential to our daily life.Thanks for this! Stay the best North Kingstown Short Sale Agent. 

Sep 26, 2012 01:50 AM #18
Bas Panch
SCV Home Buyer - Valencia, CA

Hi Ginny,

These are great tips! I'll definitely be trying them out. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work as a top North Kingstown short sale agent!

Sep 27, 2012 12:09 PM #19
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