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Efficient Design - Energy Savers

By Erik Braunitzer and courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate Company, brokers for Luxury NYC Rentals.

In today’s society, going green has gone beyond recycling newspapers and composting. Going green has gained popularity in the way people are constructing their homes, the way they run their business and how we go about living our everyday lives at home. Here are some energy efficient ideas to not only save the planet, but to also help you cut costs and save money.

Lighting:
Change your incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s) or light emitting diodes (LED’s) that are Energy Star equipped. Go a step further and look for eco-friendly lamps and light fixtures. Turn off lights when they’re not in use and replace with motion sensor lighting, dimmer switches or timers. Unplug wall adapters and use a power strip to turn off the whole switch when not in use. The sun is the best source of natural light for free, so during the day time hours keep blinds open. If you’re thinking of doing renovations to your home or are building a new home, put in skylights and as many windows as possible at the south facing of the home or if you live in the southern hemisphere it would be on the north facing.

Appliances:
Major appliances like your refrigerator, washer, dryer, stove and furnace can be a drain on the environment and soak up a lot of energy. When it’s time to purchase new appliances choose the most energy efficient models that are Energy Star rated. Try washing your clothes in cold water temperatures to use less energy. Clothes driers can sop up a lot of power, so on warm sunny days think about line drying your clothes outdoors.

HVAC Tune-Up:
Have your furnace and air conditioner serviced approximately every 2 years to keep it running smooth and problem free. Also try to change the filters on a monthly basis will also help to maintain your system and allows clean air to flow throughout your home. Not only will you save money by keeping your HVAC maintained, but they will last for years to come.

Conserve Water:
Water is a precious resource that is often mistreated and wasted. A leaking faucet or toilet can waste gallons of water a day. Check for leaks and change up washers on sinks or toilet to conserve water. Install low-flow showerheads and faucets to reduce your water consumption. Try for good water habits by taking shorter showers, when washing dishes – fill up the sink and turn off the water, wash laundry and the dishes with full loads.

Make Small Changes:
Making the smallest of changes can have a big impact not only on the environment, but also your pocket book. On hot summer days, keep your home cool by circulating air with ceiling fans and closing blinds or drapes. On cold blustery days, leave blinds open to capture the warmth of the sun, seal up leaks on windows and doors and make sure everything is well insulated. Wrap your hot water tank with an insulated blanket to save energy. Plant trees throughout your property to promote good air quality. When it’s time to renovate your home, choose paint with low volatile organic compound which can contaminate the air. Select home furnishing without formaldehyde or glue. Recycle and reduce the amount of garbage you send off to the landfill. Start a compost pile for kitchen scraps and yard refuse.

These are just a few tips on how to clean up the environment, save energy and keep costs to a minimum by going green!