Friday, March 21, 2008

Save Money by Going Green

I like to check in from time to time with ways to go green, and this month I will be mailing to my clients a list of helpful tips on ways to save money by going green. Yet another reason that going green is great is because it appeals to both our altruistic side (saving the earth) and the selfish side (saving money). Here is a preview of what I will be sending my clients this month:
  • Ceiling fans use less energy than air conditioners and save you money in the long run.
  • Hardwood floors require no vacuuming, meaning you will save electricity and money.
  • CFL lightbulbs are afordable, long-lasting and use a fraction of the energy of traditional light bulbs. Save more money by getting them at CostCo or one of the many partners with PG&E.
  • Set those CFLs on timers to conserve even more energy & energy costs while you are away.
  • Wrap your water heater in an insulated blanket and turn it to the lowest setting when you are away.
  • See if your city offers solar rebates and take advantage of them.
  • Install solar-powered garden lights. They look stylish and are oh-so-easy! (for more stylish green tips, always visit
  • Always buy appliances qualified and rated by Energy Star.
  • Plant trees on the east and west sides of your home to keep it cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. The right placement can reduce the sun's heat by 20-50%.
If you ever have questions about greening your home and saving money, just let me know. I'm always happy to help. I can be reached at 510-547-5970 x57 or

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