Coldwell Banker’s Energy Smart: Tips on how to live a greener lifestyle – January

January 2014

With winter in full swing, who doesn’t want to stay warm and save money on heating bills? With some basic steps, you can improve your home’s efficiency, save on utility bills and stay comfortable until the buds start blooming again.

Seal your wall switches and electrical outlets with small foam gaskets from a local home improvement center or hardware store. To install, remove the cover plate, insert the gasket and screw the cover plate back in place.

Assess Yourself!

Conduct a home energy assessment to determine where your house is losing energy and how each issue can be corrected to save you money. For a more thorough review, hire a professional technician to check for leaks, examine insulation, review past utility bills, inspect the furnace and ductwork, perform a blower door test and use an infrared camera – and then suggest changes to produce significant long-term energy savings.

Put a Damper on Heat Loss

Perhaps the easiest way to cut down on heat loss is to keep the fireplace damper closed when the fireplace is not being used. An open damper acts like an open window, allowing warm air to escape up the chimney. If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue. Visit for more energy-saving tips.

Raise Your Attic Insulation

Increasing your home’s insulation is one of the best ways to save energy and money. Although heat loss is often greater through windows and walls, it’s much cheaper and easier to add insulation to your attic – especially for older homes built before energy efficiency standards. Simply insulating your attic door can prevent up to 15% of your home’s heat loss.

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Published byMelanieDawn

Melanie Dawn Molina Wood is a Miami native currently living in the historic downtown district. She has earned her LEED Green Associate accreditation, the NAR GREEN designation, and an Eco-broker credential. She is also a proud member of the US Green Building Council, and a member of the Sierra Club. For more information about sustainability in Miami, or to connect with a real estate agent anywhere in the world, contact Melanie Dawn by text/phone at 305.801.3133, or by email at

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