Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Go Green in Your North Shore Home This Cold Weather Season!

As a North Shore Real Estate agent, I have thoroughly enjoyed living and working in the North Shore for over twenty years.  My experience with the lifestyle and real estate market allows me to provide some of the most unique insights into what it’s like to live on the North Shore.

Those relocating to Deerfield, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Northbrook or any of the other North Shore cities come to me with a wide variety of questions, knowing that my experiences and work within the North Shore Real Estate market make me an invaluable resource. 

One of the things I enjoy pointing out to those moving to a North Shore home is the fact that this area is comprised of environmentally conscious communities.  No matter where you choose to buy your next home, you’ll find programs, events and opportunities to join in the cause to “go green” for the betterment of the North Shore community in which you live.

And, while each city has a lot to offer for eco-friendly living, it’s also important to remember that we can all do our part… beginning in our own North Shore home.

As we begin to bundle up for the cold weather season, here are just a few ways you can conserve energy and “go green” in your  home!

1. Use Your Fireplace- It’s amazing how a fire in your fireplace can heat up a room instantly! Consider lowering your thermostat on cooler evenings and lighting a fire instead. You’ll instantly feel cozier in the midst of Chicago’s chilly winters.

2. Unplug- Not using an appliance? Unplug it! The Department of Energy notes that, even if appliances are not being used, they are still using energy. 40% of electricity used for your home electronics is used when they’re turned off, but still plugged in. Getting in the habit of unplugging will prove to be a smart habit in the long run!

3. Program Your Thermostat- Setting your thermostat to lower temperatures while you’re away from your NorthShore home or while you’re sleeping will automatically help reduce energy used, as well as costs! 

4. Prevent Leaks- Check all doors and windows for drafts. You can easily seal windows and doors to prevent the warm air from your North Shore home escaping while making sure the cool air doesn’t leak in!

5. Use the Sun- During the day, be sure to leave blinds and curtains open to let in the sunlight and natural heat. At night, shut them to help “trap” the warmth.

6. Bundle Up- Feeling chilled? Instead of turning up the thermostat, throw on a pair of socks or an extra layer. These small choices to not turn up the heat can really add up in energy savings!

7. Switch our Your Lights- From lamps to the Christmas tree, all of your lights can be changed out for energy efficient LED lights! With the sun setting earlier, you’ll be using your indoor lights more often. Also, the festivity of the season’s decorations can spike energy bill. LED Christmas lights can cut back on costs and energy usage.

I hope these tips inspire even more ideas for ways to make your North Shore home an eco-friendly environment!  While they may seem like small changes, they can add up to lower energy bills and a better atmosphere for your North Shore community.

As always, I’m here whenever you have any questions about living on the North Shore or if you’re ready to begin your North Shore home search!  Please feel free to contact me today to get started!

Janie Bress
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