Tips to Save Energy and $$ this Winter

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Tips to Save Energy and $$ this Winter

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Winter has come early so it is a good time to think about saving energy in your home which in turn will save you money and this is something we all want to do.



Water Heaters: 

If your water heater is old, it might be worth it to buy a new one that is more efficient and has a built in water heater blanket. Make sure to turn your temperature down to 120 degrees and if it is in a cold, drafty room, put a water heater blanket on to keep the temperature hot.



Programmable Thermostats:

Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs you more than any other area in your home. This takes up almost half your entire utility bill so by installing a programmable thermostat to help you adjust your home's temperature when you are there or during the hot/cold times of the year.


LED Light Bulbs:

Replacing your traditional incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs will cut your energy bills 1/3 to 1/2 and the bulbs can last up to 25 years. 


Seal Leaks:

Window Coverings: Do you have sheer curtains or no window coverings at all to bring in the sunshine? This might be perfect if your weather is 60-70 degrees 24 hours a day but the sunshine will overheat your home and the cold temperatures will chill your home and make your HVAC run longer. 


Turn off Unused Appliances:

Appliances and electronics that are plugged in and rarely used have become known as the phantom load in your home. This is a big drain on your electric bill so by plugging them into a power strip, it makes it easy to turn the strip on and off as needed. This will be a big saver to your utility bill.


Get Rid of the 2nd Refrigerator in the Garage:

How many have a second refrigerator in your garage? And typically it is your old one after you bought a new 'Energy Star Model' but the old one is not! This is the major thing the electric companies tell you to do ; shut down your second refrigerator and see a great reduction on your bill. 


Get a Home Air Audit: 

If you are interested in finding leaks in your home, I strongly suggest a 'Home Energy Assessment'. Find out where you are losing air and get suggestions to seal the leaks. Common places are the attic, doors, windows, light switch receptacles, and wall boards. I had this done and it was very enlightening and I have since made my home more efficient.


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John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Great tips for saving money & energy.  I used to have the old 2nd fridge in the garage, and would always keep the cold setting as low (warm) as possible.  Kept things cold still, and saved some energy.

Nov 03, 2014 03:45 AM #1
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 Great tips and a reminder here at David Weekley Homes we are EFL Diamond the highest level!

Nov 03, 2014 04:08 AM #2
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

"The phantom load".   If you unplug all of the unused appliances, and turn off the circuit breakers to unused rooms and equipment, you can save an amazing amount of money.

Nov 03, 2014 04:36 AM #3
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Kristin those are all great tips for saving energy and money in the winter.

Nov 03, 2014 04:50 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good advice. It is a good time to focus on wintertime savings.

Nov 03, 2014 05:07 AM #5
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Great tips to save money this winter esp. the insulation blanket on the hotwater tank if needed and do not forget about weather stripping.

Nov 03, 2014 05:25 AM #6
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

This is an excellent post with super tips.  Energy audits are very worthwhile, most people would be amazed to discover where they are losing heat.

Nov 03, 2014 09:19 AM #7
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Kristin, there are little energy goblins all over the place.  Good ideas on where to find them!

Nov 03, 2014 11:59 AM #8
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

All these are good tips but I am NOT giving up my 2nd fridge in the garage lol

Nov 03, 2014 12:04 PM #9
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Great post Kristin, one of my obsessions is to keep those energy bills down in my home and in my rental homes.

Nov 13, 2014 03:10 PM #10
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Hi Kristin! Great consumer post!

Nov 14, 2014 12:33 AM #11
Trisha Bush-LeFore
Preferred Properties Land & Homes - Walla Walla, WA
Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area


When I first heard about phantom loads I went around the house checking it out. I was amazed at how many appliances and electronics use power all the time. One of the worst is chargers, they draw power even when you aren't charging. Great post and thanks for the tips.

Nov 14, 2014 01:38 AM #12
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