Monday, February 8, 2010

10 Tips for Going Green in Your North Shore Home!

Do you love your North Shore home and have been looking for ways to make your place more environmentally friendly? We all want to do our part in “going green”, but oftentimes it’s hard to know where to start. You’ve perhaps seen the TV shows in which gorgeous homes are built completely eco-conscious from the ground up or have been remodeled to save energy. And while these are ideal, not everyone has the resources to do so.

Well, there’s good news! Below are 10 No-Cost Energy Saving Tips that you can implement into your lifestyle today! These ideas will make your North Shore home life even more enjoyable and you’ll feel great about doing your part for our earth.

Tip # 1: Lock your windows - Don’t just close them, but lock them to create an airtight seal that keeps out air leaks and drafts.

Tip # 2: Turn off power strips - Plug power-draining computers and electronic equipment into a power strip with a switch, so they can all be easily turned off when not in use.

Tip # 3: Turn off lights - Anytime you leave a room, make sure all lights are shut off.

Tip # 4: Get free solar heat - Open the blinds and shades on your windows during the day.

Tip # 5: Chill out - Do your laundry in cold water and in the evening hours.

Tip # 6: Add a sweater and lower the thermostat - For every degree you lower your thermostat, you may be able to save 5% on heating costs.

Tip # 7: Run only full loads – Make sure your dishwasher or washing machine have full loads, and to save more money, only during evening hours.

Tip # 8: Remove lint – Make sure dryer and outside vent are free from lint. Run your dryer in the evening, when the extra heat helps warms the house.

Tip # 9: Close the doors and the heating vents - For rooms with minimal use, like walk-in closets, laundry rooms, and guest bedrooms, be sure to close the doors and heating vents to reduce heat use in those areas.

Tip # 10: Snuggle up – At night, curl up under more blankets and turn your heat down lower to reduce energy costs.

Tips provided by: Kathy Ziprik, Ziprik Consulting

Put these into practice today and begin to see results within a month! You’ll be glad you did! If you are still searching for a home in the North Shore area, please let me know. My passion is to help people find North Shore homes that fit their lifestyle and budget and there are many beautiful homes from which to choose! Contact me today so we can begin the search in finding your ideal North Shore home.

Janie Bress
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