How to Save Energy in Your Chicago Real Estate Room by Room

April 19, 2013

save energy in Chicago real estateLooking for ways to save energy in your Chicago real estate? There are many ways (big and little) that you can make your home more energy efficient. A new handy infographic from Inhabit helps illustrate the areas in your home where you can make changes that will cut down on your monthly energy use. Learn how you can go green in each room of your home.

  • Attic: Reduce heating and cooling costs by keep the cold and hot air outside. Install insulation rated R-30 and seal any attic leaks.
  • Bedroom: Add carpeting or rugs for heat retention and remove any barriers around your air vents (like drapes or furniture).
  • Bathroom: Install aerating, low-flow tap and showerheads to reduce hot water use and take shorter showers!
  • Living Room: In the summer, block the heat of the sun’s rays with shutters and drapes; and use the heat from the sun to help warm your home in the winter by opening shutters and draped. Insulate your walls with foam insulation to keep outside air from seeping through porous block walls. Seal leaks around fireplace dampers, doors and windows.
  • Family Room: Use ceiling fans to keep the room cooler during warm months. Replace standard bulbs ith compact fluorescent bulbs. Next time you’re ready for a new TV, buy an ENERGY STAR-qualified one, which could be up to 30 percent more efficient than non-certified ones.
  • Office: Unplug power strips when not in use. Set your computer to hibernate when not in use. Unplug battery and cell phone chargers when not in use.
  • Kitchen: Warm up leftovers in the microwave or toaster oven, which uses less energy than a conventional oven. Keep your freezer full – a full freezer uses less energy than an empty one. If you can, fill in empty spaces with containers of water.

Get more tips for the laundry room utility room, garage and outdoors with the Visual Guide to Home Energy Savings.

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