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EARTH WEEK $ Savings Tips and a Quick Curtsy to You

 Things aren't the same as they were back in the 1950s, when hula hoops,   poodle skirts, 45s, and cruising Woodward Avenue were popular. Things were different then.... but in the year 2009 and beyond, when emissions of greenhouse gases from fossil fuel combustion and the resulting warming of the planet   have serious  implications for all of us, it is  comforting to know that

we are on the brink of an energy solution right now, today. ..and so many of us are helping out having taken a few simple steps to make our homes more comfortable-while saving money. And money isn't all we can save....Earth-friendly solutions ... most of us have already put to good use...

(my friend in poodle skirt offers a quick curtsy to you)


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IF YOU HAVE done one or all of the following...



 Taken the Do-It-Yourself  Home-Energy Audit . . .?

Most homes can save 25% to 50% or more energy. A home energy audit points to savings by looking at general condition of heating and air conditioning systems,  insulation, the degree of outside air infiltration, the operation and condition of lighting, and reviewing the efficiency of water heating systems and appliances. You may choose to ask  professional auditors to come on over to do the audit. They might bring some handy instruments with them like blower doors measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope... and/or infrared cameras reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation. But sometimes it takes a while before the auditor can get to your home, So in the meantime, you can start right away with a do-it-yourself home energy audit found right here: .

Organized Your Personal ECO-Friendly  Plan  . . . ?

Use this   instant access to free tools and resources. You can start saving on monthly electricity bill right away.  The average family can save $600+ a year on electricity by taking a few simple steps. In my home town of Asheville, North Carolina, the Average Home energy billis $1594 while the bill for an energy-efficient home is $1003 with a potential Savings of $591.   What are the figures in your area?

(FUN!) Discovered and Begun to Remedy Leaks.. .?  ...Use a spray mist bottle for this one.

Get the gang together for the indoor mist test. Spray your arms and hands. They will become the  fast and ready tools to tell you where air leaks may be found in your living spaces.  Hint: look around electrical outlets ,switch plates, window frames, baseboards, weather stripping around doors ,fireplace dampers, attic hatches, wall- or window-mounted air conditioners, dog doors , pipes and wires, electrical outlets, foundation seals, and mail slots.

(More FUN!) Found More Leaks. . .?

Teamwork pays off on this one, too. You may want to wait for a nice sunny day then venture outside to inspect all the places where two different building materials the  exterior corners, the places where siding and chimneys meet and the places where the foundation and the bottom of exterior brick or siding meet. You don't have to be a professional to notice where you need to  caulk holes or penetrations for faucets, pipes, electric outlets, and wiring. Look for cracks and holes in the mortar, foundation, and siding, and seal them up neatly.

Changed Your Light Bulbs.. .? Energy for lighting accounts for about 10% of your electric bill.

So it's always a good idea to check out the wattage on your light bulbs in your house. 100-watt bulbs use more energy than 75 watt bulbs do and you may not need all that wattage. I like the idea of replacing incandescent light bulbs with efficient  compact fluorescent lamps for areas where lights are on for hours at a time.

By now you know that the new fluorescent bulbs don't moan and flicker like the old ones did. ...Annual Savings: $60 (for upgrading your five most frequently used lights) 662 pounds of coal. Imagine what would happen if  you  upgraded your entire home!

I am into LED lighting , but you may not know about this yet... =)

FIND OUT: Start with your five most frequently used lights.

Find the best ways to save energy in YOUR home with this calculator!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center

The United Nations Environment Programme/World Meteorological Organization:


Have you taken any or all of the above steps?


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Just being energy concious is a small start to helping the enviorment. When you leave the house in the morning keep all your lights and fans off, put the a/c or heat down, and make sure all electronics that can be turned off are. Not only will you be helping the enviorment, you will be putting a little extra money in your pocket.

Posted by David Width Jr. over 9 years ago

Great list janeAnne!  You put everything in one tiddy email.  I hope everyone bookmarks this for the future as they make progress on their energy saving efforts so they can refer back to it!

Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

janeAnne -- we have done most of these things!  The sad part is that we got caught when the energy tax credit lapsed and before the new one was passed.  It is still worth it, but those tax credits would be really nice right now. 

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 9 years ago

great list these are things that can be done in just a day's time also...a no-brainer for any home owner.

Posted by Christine McInerney, The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale (Great Life RE) over 9 years ago

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