Energy Savings By The Numbers


Gary Woltal, a Realtor from Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas and fellow Active Rain blogger recently posted these tips on saving money by reducing energy consumption.  With the added benefit of helping to Save Our Planet.  If you are contemplating updating or replacing appliances, consider cost of ownership and look for an Energy Star appliance.  LED lights are becoming more cost effective and are even better for the environment than CFL bulbs...


One Hundred DollarsWith all the things you could do around the house to save money energy wise with making changes is it significant? Or just pinching pennies the way some people claim coupon clipping is?

Hey it's a tough economy. Here are a few things about appliances and systems in being more efficient with energy.



  1. A top mount freezer if you freeze a lot of food is more efficient than side or bottom mount ones
  2. If you replaced your top loading washer with the newer version energy efficient front loading one you typically would save $50 a year on the water bill. Now that one might not be significant enough.
  3. With those compact fluorescent light bulbs over its life replacing the incandescent bulb you will save per bulb $30. So count up your bulbs changed out and multiply. Some people still don't like the mercury hazard, at least disposal or breakage with CFL's. Your choice. Compact fluorescents do use a staggering 50% less electric than incandescents so that lowers heat into the air too. If you turn a CFL on and off too often it will shorten its life
  4. If you UPGRADED your air conditioning system in a ten year old house, 2,000 sqft two story you could save $250 on electric a year. Now you must consider the investment to do that. If you stay in the house a long time, maybe smart
  5. If you have a four setting programmable thermostat instead of just manually adjusting the temp you can save up to $180 a year. Not bad
  6. The percentage of cooled or heated air LOST through duct leaks in the house is a whopping 20%. They have these detection tools that can spot this, so that one can be HUGE to get repaired
  7. Finally, a real advantage of having a programmable by time of day thermostat by having it start to cool down the air just before you come home is it uses a lot less energy than maintaining a constant temperature all day. Many think air conditioners work harder bringing the temperature down vs. a constant temperature but they don't

Don't believe all the hype on energy savings, some is just nickels and dimes but some is significant. Check your roof and windows too, huge losses of energy without radiant barrier protection in the South and efficent style windows.

Chris Smith CSSBB
          Sales Representative

Interested in Buying or Selling Real Estate?

  ph: 1.866.936.3500

Chay Realty Inc.,

Comment balloon 0 commentsChris Smith • December 13 2010 09:10AM
Energy Savings By The Numbers
Gary Woltal, a Realtor from Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas and fellow ActiveRain blogger recently posted these tips on saving money by reducing energy consumption. With the added benefit of helping to Save Our Planet. If you are contemplating… more
Secure your Home during the Holidays
Charles D'Alessandro, a fellow ActiveRain Blogger from Brooklyn New York psoted this helpful information on how to better secure your home during this Christmas season. The "security measures" link leads to more useful… more
Do you have your household assets inventoried?.. if so, is it up-to…
Chrissy Doremus, a fellow ActiveRain blogger, recently posted this article on creating a household inventory. I will bet (figuratively) that ninety percent of us do not have up-to-date inventory of our assets… whatever the medium you… more
Day Two of Snowmageddon
I must confess to borrowing the term "snowmageddon" from my friend Anya, who used the term yesterday referring to the same snowfall at her home in Tottenham, about six miles south of me. I saw pictures posted by my friends in the… more
Cleaning Tips for various Custom Countertops
Penny Hull, an ActiveRain blogger who sells new homes in Raleigh, North Carolina recently wrote this informative post on custom countertops and the special care the different types of countertops require. This is great information for… more
Remembering this very special "Kodak Moment"..
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words… and that might very well be true, but that doesn't even begin to really capture both the memories and the emotions a picture can evoke… I took this picture of my son, Alec, waiting in line… more
No rest for the wicked-)
It is not cold outside, not really… I think the weather stations are quoting temperatures that are between -4 and -6 degrees C (which translates to something like 23 to 26 degrees Fahrenheit). But that doesn't mean that OLD MAN WINTER has not… more
Paying It Forward To Those Who Need Our Help
My very dear friends, Al and Peggy Cunningham, fellow RE/MAX realtors and ActiveRain bloggers wrote this timely reminder to remember those less fortunate in our own communities. Please give to the local Food and Toy drives in your… more
Twelve Online Scams of Christmas
Every year the cyber-criminals seem to get smarter, and we have to beware of cyber-criminals phishing for our information. McAfee, a leading software and services company, has again provided us with their top twelve scams of Christmas 2010. 12)… more
"Worst" Christmas Gifts
My wife and I have Breakfast Television (a local morning show that has a great mix of news (local, national and international), the requisite weather, sports and entertainment and a blend of features that we find entertaining on in the background in… more