Seven Ways Homeowners Can Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

If you’re looking for ways to make your home more "green" but aren’t sure where to start, try the following seven ideas.

1.  Replace old, drafty doors and windows with energy efficient ones. If you can’t put in new ones, replacing the weather stripping can help seal out drafts.

2.  Unplug appliances that are not in use and reduce energy usage by 5-10%.

3. Swap out all indoor and outdoor light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs and change outdoor fixtures to motion activated ones.

4. Look for the Energy-Star rating when buying new appliances.  Ask your energy provider about possible rebates for switching to energy efficient models.

5. Visually check ductwork for gaps, cracks and leaks.  Or hire a professional to check the entire system and make any needed repairs.

6. Install a programmable thermostat to regulate your home’s temperature.

7. Have an energy audit.  A professional company will inspect your home and point out ways to make your home more energy efficient.

If you’re looking for an energy efficient home in the Contra Costa County or Lafayette areas, contact Cary Amo. Cary can help you will all of your real estate needs.

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