7 Green Tips to save you $$$ on your Real Estate Investment!

1.Use fans instead of air conditioners
Two fans, rather than an 8,000 BTU room air conditioner running four hours a day, can save over 1,150 kWh and $161 a year.

2.Shorten showers
Cutting just two minutes per shower could save up to 1,533 kWh and $215 per year.

3.Replace regular incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) CFLs use one-fourth the energy of an old-fashioned incandescent bulb, last longer and are cooler, reducing the need for air conditioning. Changing just one 100-watt bulb to an equivalent 26-watt CFL, based on three hours use per day, can save 81.03 kWh and $13.78 per year per bulb.

4.Fix leaky faucets
A faucet leaking just one drop of hot water per second costs 400 kWh and $56 per year.

5. Wash clothes in cold waterSwitching from Hot Wash/Warm Rinse to the Cold/Cold cycle on a standard, top-loading washing machine for just two loads a week can save 225 kWh and $32 per year.

6.Eliminate energy sneakers (phantom load)
Even when turned off, things like hairdryers, cell phone chargers and televisions use energy. Use a power strip to conveniently turn off computers (after properly logging off), monitors, printers and chargers for camera batteries, phones and PDAs, all of which use standby power when not in use. Using a power strip to turn off your computer alone can save 50 kWh and $7 per year.

7.Air dry dishes
Letting dishes air dry instead of using heated drying on the average dishwasher saves 110 kWh and $15 per year.

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