Steve Burke, SSP

Broker , SSP



Ten Easy Steps to Go Green and Save
Green at Home



 



It's easier to go green than you
think! OptHome, an online resource for empowering homeowners, buyers and
sellers to make smart decisions for all their homeowner needs, research shows
that homeowners want to be more eco-conscious but believe it will cost too much
money. By incorporating just a few simple and cost-effective tips into every
day living, homeowners can turn their home into a more energy-efficient
investment.



10 easy steps to go green and save
green:



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 florescent lighting. Believe it or not, 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 sporty SUV, but why not trade it in for a hybrid? If that's not
in your budget, carpool or try walking.



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 up 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. Best of all, you will be eating delicious fruit and
veggies that have less chemicals.



10. Dry Clothes Outside. Give your
dryer a break. Hang your clothes outside and get that fresh smell. You'll also
be reducing the amount of energy you use in the home.



"The pressure is mounting for
all of us to grow an environmental conscience." says Dave Sears, OptHome
co-founder and Chief Strategist. "We don't all think green, but if each
household hops on the environmental bandwagon and reduces their household
emissions of waste and exhaust, and consumption of water and electricity,
perhaps we can speed up the process of growing a collective green conscience
and save a little money in the process."



For more information, visit www.OptHome.com.



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