Going Green without going broke

Real Estate Agent with John L Scott

Though many of us have heeded the call to live a greener life, we've found that what's good for the environment can sometimes be hard on the wallet.


But our friends at Kiplinger's Personal Finance have put together a list of ten ways to go green without going broke.


1. Insulate your water heater If it was built before 2004, you can save as much as 10% on your annual water-heating bill by wrapping the tank in an insulating fireproof blanket.


2. Tune up your furnace. Getting your furnace serviced every two years not only reduces the amount of carbon dioxide it emits, it also cuts your heating bills by up to 10%.


3. Lower the temperature

The Alliance to Save Energy estimates that you can take 5% off your heating bill for every degree you lower your home's temperature during the winter.

4. Pad those pipes

You can cut heating costs just by insulating exposed hot water pipes in your home.


5. Weather strip your doors

Putting weather stripping around your front and back doors will net you around $30 a year in energy savings.


6. Wash your clothes in cold

That uses 50 % less energy than washing them in hot water.


7. Don't use permanent press

Employing the regular setting instead of the permanent press setting on your washing machine will conserve five gallons of water per load.


8. Watch your water flow

Save a gallon of water per minute when you're doing the dishes by restricting the water flow to a stream the width of a straw. Save another two gallons by turning off the water when you brush your teeth for two minutes.

9. Fix that leaking faucet

That constant drip, drip, drip isn't just grating, it's also wasting water-2,700 gallons a year to be exact.


10. Check your toilet tank

If you put a drop of food coloring into your toilet bowl and it doesn't disappear, your tank is leaking. Get it fixed and you can salvage 200 gallons of water a day.


Comments (1)

Jeff Kessler
Austin Homes, Realtors www.OwnAustin.com - Austin, TX

Those are some really good tips.  Thanks for the post.


Jan 26, 2008 03:27 AM