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10 Ways to Prep Your Pacific Northwest Home for a Greener Winter (Part 2)

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Remember, “Green” Doesn’t Mean “Expensive”!

In many cases, changing your Pacific Northwest home for the greener isn’t very expensive, and will actually SAVE you money in the long run. Here are a few more ways to make your Pacific Northwest winter a warmer, less expensive one, with minimal investment of time and money:

6. Exchange your regular lightbulbs for Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs, or CFL’s, which consume 75% less energy and last about 10 times longer than traditional lightbulbs. In some cases, Puget Sound Energy offers an instant rebate when you buy your lightbulbs through certain Northwest Washington retailers (such as Costco), making them even more affordable!

7. Get a programmable thermostat. They’re a small investment that will make a HUGE difference in your heating bill, making sure you’re not heating your home when no one is around.

8. Take a few hours on a Saturday to fill those air leaks around your windows and doorways. We don’t often think about it, but leaks are like a window cracked open all winter long.

9. Use water wisely: insulate your water heater, install efficient shower heads, and put aerators in your faucets to heat water efficiently and use it more conservatively.

10. Weatherize your older single-pane windows or replace them with double-pane energy efficient windows. Though replacing them is a significantly larger investment, they’ll save you money long-term and energy tax-credits can help.

Help for Pacific Northwest Home Sellers

If you’re a homeowner looking to sell your Pacific Northwest home, we can help! Our Free Pacific Northwest Home Evaluation will give you the informative tools you need to make your home greener and more attractive to home buyers. Contact us to receive a Free Pacific Northwest Home Sellers’ Guide – let us help make your home-selling experience an enjoyable one!