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Making your home more energy efficient is often as simple as pulling a plug-unplugging appliances when they are not in use can save $ 70 a year on your electricity bill. Read my tips for more easy ways you can dave money and reduce your impact on the environment.

Thermostats: Installing a programmable thermostat to keep air conditioning at 78 F when it’s hot outside, and your heating 68 F when it’s cold can help you save up to 20% in heating and cooling cost on your energy bill. IF every family in the United States did this, we would reduce carbon dioxide by more than 90 billion pounds.

 

Water Heaters- Water heating accounts for about 13% of home energy cost, so turn your water heater down to 120% or the “normal” setting then home and to the lowest setting when away. Also consider wrapping your water heater in a insulated blanket. You’ll save 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

Light Bulbs: According to climatecrisis.org, energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) last 10 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs, use 60% less energy and can save 75% of lighting cost. If every American home replaced five CFL bulbs, we would save as much as $6.5 billion a year in electricity cost and prevent green house gas emissions equivalent to that from more than eight million cars.

Sprinkler: Use a sprinkler timer. Timers will automatically shut off your sprinkler system after a set period so you don’t have to remember. Also use sprinklers that emit large drops of water, low and close to the ground, and water early in the morning. This will ensure that he water soaks into the soil instead of evaporating.

Green Energy: The decision to switch to green energy should be made on a cost-by-cost, region-by-region basis. CIBC World Markets reports that buying a solar system can yeild homeowners a 6 % return on their investment and take 16 years to pay off. Depending on the state you live in, you may be eligible for a refund or other incentive when you use solar engergy.

Making your home more energy efficant is not only good for the environment- it’s good for your bank balance. ABC News reports that the average family spends nearly $2,000 a year on energy bills, and simply heating and cooling thier homes accounts for half of that bill. Sealing your homes “envelope” ensuring that walls,floors,ceiling, and the roof are well insulated- can save up to 10% on your annual energy bill and cut down on carbon dioxide emission.

Posted by Nilesh Jethwa: WIlmington and Leland Real Estate

Nilesh Jethwa is a local REALTOR in the Wilmington/Leland area. If need any assistance please feel free to contact me.  Read my post on a Smarter Green Home.

Today’s Homes and Appliances are built Smart

Today’s Homes and Appliances are Built Smart.

Here are some ways you can integrate new technology into your home so you can both relax and increase its value.

The Future:  Whole House Remote Control

With home automation, the ability to control every aspect of your home-from lighting and room temperature to entertainment center- can be held in your hand. A “smart home” uses a single centralized controller to integrate various systems, so that with the push of button, you can turn on lights, open or close blinds, adjust multiple rooms to your desired temperature or even activate or deactivate you security system. You can set a group of actions to happen when certain events occur.

Just about anything you plug in can be networked into your home automation system. This makes your life easier and provides a great point if you decide to put your home on the market.

 

 

Be Smart. Save Energy and Money with Efficient Appliances

Cut you monthly utilities bills while helping the environment by purchasing appliances- refrigerators, dishwashers, laundry machine, ECT. – That is energy efficient. The Plant (and your wallet) will thank you.

 

Look for the Energy Star Label

Energy Star products exceed the minimum energy efficient requirements set by the federal government. In addition, utilities and state government may offer rebates on Energy Star- related models. Pay attention to the Energy Guide label as well. This label allows you to compare the typical annual energy consumption and operating cost of different models of the type of appliances you’re thinking of buying.

 

Choose The Right Size

Why buy an oversized appliance when a smaller counterpart will get the job done? When you choose the appliance that fits your needs, you’ll save money and reduce your energy bill.

 

Choose Natural Gas

Look for dyers and water heaters that run on natural gas, rather than electricity.

 

Think Long Term

Energy efficient appliances last for years and will lower your monthly utility bills over the lifetime of the appliances higher initial purchase price.

 

 

Join me next week as I go over HOW TO HIGH TECH YOU HOME?

 

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