Did you know?...Energy Saving Tips

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Blowing Rock Investment Properties

I'm working on finishing up my Ecobroker course this month so I thought I'd share some of the simple things that I'd never thought of. It's freezing cold here in Blowing Rock so I'm taking in all of the energy saving tips I can get to heat out house effectively.

Did you know that a comfortable humidity level in your home is around 50%. Because the water particles in the air actually conduct heat better,  it's more efficient to heat your home if you don't let it get too dry in the winter.Energy saving tips

Did you know that heating and cooling a home accounts for almost half of the homes energy bills.

Did you know that dark colored houses conduct the suns heat while light colored houses actually reflect more of the heat away.

Did you know that a grass covered lawn is actually around 10 degrees cooler in the summer. On the other hand, planting plants too close to the house can actually trap heat and make the air around the house even warmer.

Did you know that placement is extremely important in regards to your appliances. Don't place your refrigerator next to anything that puts out heat, even a window.

Did you know that front loading washing machines use 1/3 of the water of other models. They also spin faster to dry the clothes more therefore resulting in much shorter drying time which also saves energy.

Did you know that self cleaning ovens are more insulated and therefore save energy resulting in lower utility bills.

Did you know that some of the "phantom" appliances that use energy even when they're turned off include your tv, vcr, cell phone chargers and really anything that has an internal clock, timer or memory.

These are just a few fun facts, I'll post again as I learn more.

Do you have any lesser known energy saving tips? Please feel free to comment.

Comments (12)

Jessica Steele
Welcome Home Realty - Surprise, AZ

I admit, I know nothing about energy saving, but I am trying to become a bit more environmentally friendly and energy savvy!  Thanks for the info - I love the tidbits! 

Jan 15, 2009 03:16 PM
Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine!

Great tips Meris! I didn't realize self-cleaning ovens are more insulated! I guess the easy cleaning has added benefits. I'm glad I made a good choice when I purchased mine!

Good luck on the Eco-Broker and keep sharing!

Jan 15, 2009 08:58 PM
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Meris~

Enjoyed reading this and appreciate the concise information that can help make sustainable living a reality...

Jan 16, 2009 02:44 AM
Blowing Rock Real Estate Boone Real Estate
Blowing Rock Investment Properties - Blowing Rock, NC

Jessica - I'm like you, I didn't know too much about energy saving but what I'm finding out is that sometimes it's the little things that we just overlook that save the most energy. For example, I didn't even realize the energy impact that stragically placing shade trees on your property has on a home, I mean I guess I knew that it helped but I didn't factor it in to the whole equasion.

Mary - Thanks for the comment, It does make sense about the oven but again just another thing that's often overlooked.

Jane Anne - Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the invite as well. I appreciate your support!

 

 

Jan 16, 2009 05:27 AM
Rob and Camille Di Maio
San Antonio Real Estate - Keller Williams Legacy - San Antonio, TX

I learned in a "green" class that it is more efficient to leave your interior doors open as much as possible.

Jan 20, 2009 01:43 AM
James Wexler
wexzilla.com - Scottsdale, AZ

I saw teh picture and smile, I play guitar (electric) and thought of playing it unplugged to make my contributino to energy savings :)

Jan 20, 2009 03:41 AM
Blowing Rock Real Estate Boone Real Estate
Blowing Rock Investment Properties - Blowing Rock, NC

Rob and Camille - Thanks for the tip, I never heard that before. I'm always keeping rooms we don't use as much closed off so that we don't have to heat them.

James - I know, I giggled when I saw that picture and though how perfect it was for this post. Good for you, every little bit helps.

Jan 20, 2009 04:08 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Love your sense of humor and good tips, Meris

I have a lot to learn about Green technology. 

My role as an educator/trainer is helping other professionals to be THE BEST in their field and marketplace.  If I can assist you in any way, contact me.  

Mary Yonkers  

"Ask Mary"  814.881.7548   http://www.linkedin.com/in/maryyonkers

Alan Kells Schools of Real Estate Inc  412.967.9000 www.alankells.com

Jan 20, 2009 06:26 AM
Blowing Rock Real Estate Boone Real Estate
Blowing Rock Investment Properties - Blowing Rock, NC

Thanks Mary for the comment and offer.

Jan 20, 2009 06:40 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Meris:  You'd have a blast watching Discovery's new Green Network.  I pick up so much info from there...of course it's not a designation, but it's handy info nonetheless.

Jan 27, 2009 02:39 AM
Blowing Rock Real Estate Boone Real Estate
Blowing Rock Investment Properties - Blowing Rock, NC

Oh I'm dying that I don't have cable right now, I bet I can look it up and watch on line. Thanks for the tip Chris.

Jan 27, 2009 08:00 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

According to the Department of Energy, if every American home replaced just one incandescent lightbulb with one Energy Star CFL bulb we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars.

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