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10 Cost and Earth Saving Tips You Can Use in Your Home Today #6-10


Ms. Susie to the right here has style. .  . 
.well "style" in the 50s' sense when
hula hoops,  poodle skirts,
sock hops, and 45s were "groovy"....
There was a strong consumer market and people had money to spend.
Bought homes. Bought  the  latest  "pink" appliances ..
.but they weren't  energy efficient. As I said in ECO-Friendly Cost (and Earth) Saving Tips   #1-5       things were different in the 1950s   than they are today.
Home buyers weren't concerned about emissions of greenhouse gases  from fossil fuel combustion and the resulting global warming    or the serious  implications for all of us.      But not to fear! You and I can be part of the solution right now, today. We can take a few simple steps and make our homes more comfortable-while saving money. And money isn't all we can save. These are Earth-friendly solutions as well.

Here are #6-10 ...Earth-friendly  remedies that have the added benefit of cost savings for savvy homeowners.. ..check back for the ever-expanding list.

Tip 6. Mighty mouse? Maybe not! Turn off your mighty computer  when you are not using it.  This can save 5% on your energy bill. Imagine the amount of coal and mountaintop removal we could conserve if we all turned out the computer when we turned out the lights. An ENERGY STAR (specifications revised as of October 20, 2006) qualified computer uses 70% less electricity than computers without enabled power management features. New performance requirements to qualify for the ENERGY STAR rating for desktop and notebook computers, workstations, integrated computers, desktop-derived servers and game consoles, and will go into effect on July 20, 2007, but as of November, research says that, "Over its lifetime, ENERGY STAR qualified equipment in a single home office (e.g., computer, monitor, printer, and fax) can save enough electricity to light an entire home for more than 4 years."                    

Tip 7. It's CSI Time.  Check Dryer Ventilation. The other day a home inspector buddy of mine came back from a crawl space he was inspecting with a funny looking "sweater" of fuzzy-stuff on his back. I brushed him off. "LINT!'" he said. "Not a good thing!"   You may need to find some knee pads for this. Maybe get a flashlight like the stars of CSI  use. Then you will be ready to make sure your clothes dryer is correctly vented directly to the outside. Use that flashlight. Get down on the ground if you have to. Inspect that vent duct. Is it attached securely to the dryer, for sure?  Does it have a glob of  lint in it? .. Check for holes that leak air. If vent duct is damaged replace it with a metal duct. Finally, do clean the duct at least once a year.

Tip 8 .As they say... "an ounce of prevention. .."  Minimize duct contamination.
Bar permission for dirt to enter your air duct system. Use the highest efficiency air filter recommended by the manufacturer of your heating and cooling system and change the filter often (like every month). Ask your service provider to clean cooling coils and drain pans.

Tip 9. Oh Cinderella, Where Art Thou? I know. I know this goes without saying. But just in case...dust and vacuum your home devotedly...especially if you have pets. Use a high efficiency vacuum (HEPA) cleaner . ...And just s o you know, "a true HEPA® is the best known filter for removing at least 99.97% of particulates such as dust, animal dander, smoke, mold and other allergens that are 0.3 microns or larger, from the air and thus improving air quality." If a true HEPA® is just not on your horizon, use the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can take. Vacuuming can increase the amount of dust in the air during and after vacuuming as well as in your ducts, so again, check your filters often. You'll feel better for it!

Tip 10.  Get REAL at 68 degrees in winter, and 79 in summer. Be brave. Set your thermostat and then enjoy dramatic savings. Of course, if relying on your will power to do that is a bit much when you are freezing or roasting, you could always install an Energy Star programmable thermostat for greater comfort, while cutting your heating/cooling bills 15% to 20%.

This is an ever-expanding list. You are welcome to add your valuable tips here, and check back. Look for "Susie and Her Poodle Skirt" to add some more, too




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