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Denver Real Estate | 7 Ways to Green Your Home on a Budget

Posted by Brian Kinkade on April 01, 2010 at 07:47 pm
If you’re looking to go green, you might be intimidated by the costs. The fact of the matter is that some ways to save energy – such as installing solar panels or buying all-new energy efficient appliances – just aren’t particularly realistic or cost-effective.

The good news is that there are some relatively simple and cheap things you can do to green your home without dishing out too many greenbacks:
  1. Switch out your bulbs. In a couple of years, this is going to be a non-issue. Incandescent bulbs are going to go the way of the dodo. Still, in the meantime, you can put in CFLs. There are even CFLs that work with dimmers, so you can turn down the lights at night to save even more on your utility bill and make those bulbs last that much longer.
  2. Consider used furnishings. An old dining room table you find on Craigslist will be less expensive than a new one, and doesn’t require any trees to be cut down. You might need to strip and refinish the table, but you can do that relatively cheap as well.
  3. Maximize your dishwasher’s energy savings. A normal dishwasher cycle will often use less water than hand-washing. Skip your pre-rinse step and your heated-dry step, and you may actually use less energy than you would when hand-washing.
  4. Don’t buy bottled water. A water-filtration pitcher will cost about the same as a couple of cases of bottled water. Buy your own bottle and fill up at home. You’ll save a ton of money and use a heck of a lot less plastic.
  5. Check for leaks. Many toilets aren’t water-tight. You can test your toilet with some food coloring in the tank. Drop in a few drops, and watch the bowl for traces of color. You can get a toilet repair kit for around $20, and it will save gallons of water over time.
  6. Save the earth while you sleep. At night in the summer, turn off the AC and use lightweight sheets and an open window. In the winter, lower the heater at night and use an extra blanket or two.
  7. Check for drafts. Drafts around windows or doors can become very expensive. Plug them up with an inexpensive caulking sealant, and you can save as much as 10 percent on your heating bill.
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Comments (2)

These are excellent tips, Brian, thanks for sharing. They really are simple yet effective things you can do around the house! It doesn't take too much (or cost too much) to make a difference.
Submitted by Jessica G on April 06, 2010 at April 06, 2010.

These are simple but effective ways for everyone to make their home more energy efficient. Great article, thank you. David Thompson
Submitted by David thompson on April 22, 2010 at April 22, 2010.