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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thinking Green? Be More Environmentally Aware at Home

Small changes of habit can mean big differences in your energy efficiency, not to mention - can lower your energy bills!

Here are some tips from RE/MAX on how to make your home more environmentally friendly:
  • More insulation - If your home is under-insulated, it’s probably not as cool in the summer or as warm in the winter as it could be.
  • Efficient appliances - Replacing older appliances with energy-efficient models may cost a bit up front, but they’ll save you money over the long haul.
  • Smarter lighting - LED lights and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) save money and energy (a lot!). They produce less heat, use less energy, and last significantly longer than traditional light bulbs.
  • Thermostat awareness - Programmable thermostats will help you regulate temps throughout the day and night in the most energy-efficient way.
  • Water wisdom - An aerator on all household faucets could cut your annual water usage by nearly half. Low-flow toilets can save thousands of gallons of water per year. Watering your lawn at night minimizes evaporation and reduces water waste, and adding xeriscaping can help you cut down on (or even eliminate) sprinkler use.

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