Tips to Cut Home Utility Bills - Energy Tips

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Tips to Cut Home Utility Bills - Energy Tips.  So how do you make a difference in your energy and utility bills going forward?  First you should consider doing an energy assessment of your home's energy use.  How to do this energy assessment?  Hiring an energy auditor through your own electric company is one way to go.  The auditor money from energy tips in ri real estatecan take thermal imaging of your home to show areas where the warm air is escaping.  Then the auditor can recommend energy effective solutions to improve your energy usage.  Go to the Department of Energy web site for more energy tips but for now use these as follows:

 
- Wash your clothes in cold water
- Do FULL loads of laundry and dishes to avoid wasting energy and water
- Clean the dryer lint filter after EVERY laundry load to improve air circulation, speed drying and eliminate the chance of dryer fire.
- Take showers instead of baths and install low flow shower heads in all showers
- Fix leaky faucets around the house.  Install water saving faucet attachments
- Install energy efficient light bulbs
- Bring more natural light into your home through windows and skylights, reducing the need for artifical lighting during the day
- Turn off appliances or lights not in use
- Unplug block type chargers ( i.e. laptop or cell phone) when not in use.  Remember that your charging device is still using electricity if it is plugged in
- Turn desktop computers off when not in use for extended periods of time
- Get a programmable thermostat and have it installed.  Don't heat or cool space at a stay at home temperature when you are not home!
 
Make good energy changes in your home living style today and start saving some bigger change (kaching $$). Christmas is coming is it not?!
 
 A public service post brought to you by your waterfront Rhode Island real estate Realtor, Ginny GormanTips to Cut Home Utility Bills - Energy Tips.

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 Ginny Lacey Gorman is a North Kingstown Realtor who works and knows the North Kingstown RI geographic area of homes for sale, schools, happenings and important tidbits of information well.


Waterfront, water view, ocean front, luxury and coastal Rhode Island real estate are my specialty.  If your considering Buying, Selling or Relocating to Rhode Island and need a real estate Professional it would be my pleasure to help you!    When you are in need of an internet savvy RI realtor® who sells homes in this real estate marketcall Ginny today at 401.529.7849.
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Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
"New Franklin MA Homes"
RE/MAX Executive Realty

Good morning, Ginny.... good list to follow.... I'll pass on the light bulbs.... I hate that look....

September 25, 2012 04:07 AM
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections

Hi Ginny,

All good things to do and very sound advice.

But try drying the clothes outside on the clothes lines. This will save a ton over the years.

Of course in the winter I say the heck with the lines use the dryer. LOL

Have a great day in North Kingstown.

Best, Clint McKie

September 25, 2012 04:09 AM
Rainmaker
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Anita Clark
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055

Ginny: Good energy tips that will help the environment and keep a few extra dollars in our pockets...a win-win!

September 25, 2012 04:10 AM
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
Coldwell Banker United Realtors

Good morning Ginny,

Excellent tips on many energy saving ideas to cut home utility bills! An energy assessment of the home is something many consumers should consider.

September 25, 2012 04:12 AM
Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
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Excellent energy saving tips Ginny and great reminders too.  Stuff I seem to forget about like the phone charger and laptop.

September 25, 2012 04:57 AM
Rainmaker
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Ginny Gorman
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
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Barbara, there are new ones that hide the curvy coils that are pleasant to the eyes!

Clint, no doubt but you have more sunshine than we do...ours freeze on the lines!

Anita, i will do a blog where i helped my clients cut their bill in half...they are now listing their home with me.

Dorie, it is so wise to do..

Roger, the power charger are a huge issue.

September 25, 2012 05:16 AM
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Good morning Ginny -

What an excellent list of how to save money and energy.  I think we're on board with most of your To Do's.  We don't use the pig tail light bulbs in pendant lights or in the ones that are on dimmers.  Dimmers blow the bulbs.  We are very conscious about turning off things in the office when we walk out the door for any length of time.

September 25, 2012 06:04 AM
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group

Hi Ginny.   Guilty of leaving all charging things plugged in.    Nice list for saving energy and money and a good reminder for me to unplug! 

September 25, 2012 07:08 AM
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Kathy Clulow
CNE - ASP - SRES .... Uxbridge Ontario Real Estate
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage

Ginny - A great reminder ..... it always amazes me how many of the little things people tend to forget when it comes to energy conservation.

September 25, 2012 11:22 AM
Rainer
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Darlene Method

Being from AZ. this is a great post for me. TY for the tips...

September 25, 2012 01:17 PM
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Joan Cox
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373

Ginny, coming into the colder months, the timing of your post is excellent!     It is nice to save a few $$ on our bills, and I only run my dishwasher every 4-5 days (when I run out of coffee cups) and still hang out my clothes rather than using the dryer.   Plus, they smell better!

September 25, 2012 04:08 PM
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George Souto
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Ginny those are good tips.  I do some of those already, but I can always try to incorporate a few more.

September 25, 2012 05:26 PM
Rainmaker
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Sharon Alters
Your Fleming Island Relocation Agents.
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty

Great suggestions! Unplugging the chargers is such a great tip - one our children told us about. Going to share these with Frank :)

Sharon

September 25, 2012 07:05 PM
Rainmaker
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty

Ginny, great tips....these days Long Island is mandating Energy Efficient homes....helping the home owners along to savings!

September 25, 2012 09:16 PM
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Jeff Dowler CRS
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Great list, Ginny. There are so many things one can do.

Another suggestion - run your major appliances at off hours, based on the hours provide by your utility company. As an example, we can save alot of electricity in San Diego County if we run the DW, W and D before 10 am and after 6, and our power company provides credits if you sign up for saving power on certain days. Great incentive, and it's good for everyone, especially when it's hot an AC is running everywhere.

Jeff

September 25, 2012 10:00 PM
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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
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International Properties and Investments LLC

Hello Ginny,I just love all the great tips you posted here.I will definitely share this with my girlfriends.Thanks for this great feature.Keep being the best North Kingstown Short Sale Agent. 

September 26, 2012 04:41 AM
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Eileen Hsu
LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON
Douglas Elliman Real Estate

It's amazing what just a few small changes or habits can do to save a lot of money, great tips!

September 26, 2012 07:46 AM
Rainmaker
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Petra Norris
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.

I always enjoy reading your post! It's always helpful and essential to our daily life.Thanks for this! Stay the best North Kingstown Short Sale Agent. 

September 26, 2012 08:50 AM
Rainer
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Bas Panch
SCV Home Buyer

Hi Ginny,

These are great tips! I'll definitely be trying them out. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work as a top North Kingstown short sale agent!

September 27, 2012 07:09 PM
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