I saved $2,400. and improved my health in just 2 years

Real Estate Broker/Owner with CastNet Realty TREC#263257

               Benjamin Franklin always said "A penny saved is a penny earned."

How did I do this?  It was so simple.  I cut my electric usage by opening the windows in the Spring and Fall and enjoying fresh air instead of recycled stale air.

I stopped using my dishwasher and found out I can wash the dishes by hand in just a few minutes time and they actually come out a lot cleaner.  I just air dry them, so I am off on my way to doing other things faster than if I were still loading the dishwasher.

When I can, I hang my sheets on the line to dry instead of using the dryer.  I love that sunshine smell on my pillow cases.  

I watch TV only a little now.  I have found treasures in books and lots of them were on my own bookshelf.  I had trouble finding time to read.  Now the TV is off and voila!  reading time is there.

I like the changes I have made in these past two years. Funny, this is how life was when I was a child.  Progress took over and now I choose not to embrace some of those changes.  I still like my computer though. :)

RICKI EICHLER REAL ESTATE                 2916 Memorial Blvd                  Kerrville, TX  78028

                                   (830)257-2520                                      www.reretx.com 

Comments (35)

Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

I've turned off my heatpump and open windows for the cool breeze to cool down the house.  Un plug all unneccessary appliances and use a rain barrel for outside watering, filling the pond and topping off the hot tub.  That's as good as I get.

Apr 27, 2014 08:49 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Interesting post. But I think it depends on where you live. Our climate in Charlotte is such that there are actually very few days when open windows work. And unfortunately, if you live in most of our subidivisons, you are prohibited from hangind laundry outside the home.

Apr 27, 2014 09:36 PM
Sarah Lynn Jaskowski
Williamsville, NY
House. Home. Today.

Great ideas and tips!  I was super excited to be able to follow suit but I love my dishwasher and my allergies prevent me for too much window opening and line drying things.  I already limit TV =)  Maybe I'll come up with some other ways to save money and improve my health

Apr 27, 2014 10:00 PM
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


Wow! I love your ideas. I'm always looking to simplify things in my life.


Apr 27, 2014 10:55 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Yes to this post and host. What we are looking for should be found not put off

Apr 27, 2014 11:23 PM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi Fred,  I know what you mean.

Hi Kathleen,  We always think we need the latest gadgets but in reality they are just a bother most times.

Hi Joan,  THat is so true!

Hi Tom,  I like some sports too and an occasional movie but there is more balance now.  IT's better.

Hi Cindy,  Good for you!  We use pure rainwater for the hottub too.  No chemicals!

Hi Nina,  That is too bad.  Some things only work in some areas.

Hi Sarah,  You will if you just look for them.

Hi Richard,  Good for you!  Life is better when it is simpler, I think. :)

Hi Richie,  Thanks.  Do it now! :)

Apr 27, 2014 11:44 PM
Sophia Lin
Intero Real Estate Services - Sunnyvale, CA
Sunnyvale CA Real Estate Specialist

Hi Ricki, I love washing my own dishes, I could never get use to a dish washer. Natural light & fresh air is the way to go. I still need to work on my "not watching" tv so much though :(

Apr 28, 2014 12:01 AM
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

I prefer washing dishes by hand. My wife hates it. If you do them after every meal then it only takes a minute or two to complete.

My family has always been big readers, but my wife drives me nuts reading and watching TV. I want to concentrate on one or the other.

Apr 28, 2014 12:28 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

These are all great ideas, except for washing dishes by hand.  I grew up with no dishwasher, and I'll always have one and use one.  I'm on board with everything else though!

Apr 28, 2014 12:38 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Ricki, what an excellent set of ideas.... I am shocked myself how little TV I watch anymore. More channels, less TV... go figure.

Apr 28, 2014 01:49 AM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Hi Ricki. These are some great ideas. I can't say we do as well, but it seems we're "going backwards" to a simpler time, too, and it feels good. TV is still there, but we're watching almost everything "on demand" which seems (so far) to cut out most of the commercials!  One hour shows only take about 40 minutes.
Thanks for sharing,


Apr 28, 2014 03:44 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

There are things we can do to cut costs and save money.  But sometimes, it's not easy.  Hanging laundry outside??  Not allowed in so many areas due to subdivision restrictions.  Open the windows?  Can't do it very often in my area or others nearby .. as there are so many outside fireplaces and firepits it often looks like a fog hovering in the air.  The air is thick and the smell is worse.  This issue is actually costing me money ...

It shouldn't be that hard to accomplish something so simple ... should it??



Apr 28, 2014 04:42 AM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Updating appliances certainly helps. I don't wash dishes by hand but I only run the dishwaser about once a week. Got a 13 seer A/C and it dropped electric bill $100 a month.

Apr 28, 2014 05:30 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Ricki-Living in the Texas Hill Country has lots of advantages for things like fresh air and clothes drying on the line. I'm guessing the temperatures are a bit cooler there than here in San Antonio. But then I guess-95-100 is hot regardless of where one is on the map.

Apr 28, 2014 05:55 AM
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

Those are great and measurable results.  Once you get into a new routine it's easy to not look back.  

Apr 28, 2014 09:54 AM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi Sophia,  I have a hard time finding anything to watch I am really interested in these days.

Hi Than,  I much prefer to hand wash the dishes. They are so much cleaner that way.

Hi Amanda,  I used to be that way but things changed :)

Hi Gary,  It's all about the quality of TV programs, usually not there.

Hi Bruce,  Lots of people are going back to simpler, I believe.

Hi Gene,  No, it should not be hard :)

Hi Bill,  Good for you!

Hi Wayne,  Yes, that is true.  It is cooler here by 10-15 degrees even though it is only 50 miles away.

Hi Kevin,  It only takes 30 days to make or change a habit. :)

Thank you everyone for commenting.  I appreciate it and so glad to hear about your lives. :)


Apr 28, 2014 11:33 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

The one thing I cannot do in Texas is hang laundry outside due to the pollen.  Everything would be yellow green.  I used to love the smell of fresh laundry that was dried outside as a child.  It is so easy to wash a few dishes and quickly put them away and a good book is so much better than TV.  Great post!

Apr 30, 2014 02:20 PM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Thanks Sharon,  Have a fabulous, productive day! :)

Apr 30, 2014 10:50 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Maybe we can all learn to live our life a little differently Sharon. I enjoyed this post.

May 08, 2014 04:06 PM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi Tom,  Thanks. :)


May 10, 2014 07:43 AM