RISMEDIA, January 31, 2009-OptHome, an online resource for homeowners, says it’s easier and less expensive to go green than homeowners may think. Suggest these few simple and cost-effective tips that your clients can incorporate into everyday living to help turn their home into a more energy-efficient investment.
1. Recycle. It’s free, reduces household consumption and increases energy efficiency.
2. Save Water. Install low-flow shower heads and faucets to cut back on water flow. A simple fix-shorten your shower times and shorten your water bill.
3. Conserve Rain Water. Set up barrels in your backyard to collect rain water and snow for watering plants and shrubs. Use this to water your indoor plants, too.
4. Reduce Electricity. Remember to turn off the light when you leave the room and to unplug your computer and other electronics and appliances when not in use. These small gestures will not only save energy but will save you money on your electric bill as well.
5. Replace Light Bulbs. Replace your current light bulbs with compact fluorescent lighting. These bulbs use 30% less energy, but produce the same amount of light and last longer.
6. Drive Less. You may not be ready to give up your SUV, but why not trade it in for a hybrid?
7. Double up on Printing. Configure your computer to print on both sides of the paper. This saves paper, trees and you running out to the store last minute to buy a new supply.
8. Adjust Refrigerator Temperature. Refrigerators use the most electricity in your house. Adjust your fridge to the average temperature of 37 degrees F and your freezer to 0 degrees F.
9. Support Local Farms. You will be cutting back on gas and decreasing our dependence on oil with the trucks that are used to ship produce.
10. Dry Clothes Outside. Hang your clothes outside and get that fresh smell. You’ll also be reducing the amount of energy you use in the home.