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by Jeff Adie

Profits upHigh heating, cooling, and water bills are not going away.

With this list of 16 cheap, easy-to-install upgrades, you owe it to yourself, and your tenants, to find a few that will work to lower your costs.

We are not talking major projects in this blog– just 16 low-cost improvements that you can easily accomplish that will help save our resources.

So, no more excuses!

  1. Compact Fluorescent or LED lights
  2. Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators
  3. Start a compost pile
  4. Plant trees
  5. Insulate hot water heater
  6. Weatherstrip and caulk doors and windows
  7. Collect rainwater to water plants
  8. Paint with low or no-VOC paint
  9. Replace filters
  10. Install programmable thermostat
  11. Plant a rain garden
  12. Plant native plants
  13. Install motion sensors in offices and other common areas to turn off lights when not in use.
  14. Install water efficient restroom fixtures
  15. Take advantage of day-lighting
  16. Provide recycle bins

For other great ideas, email me at [email protected]

Realtor Jeff Adie has earned the NAR’s Green Designation, and works with Redpath & Co, Realtors, in New Hampshire.

See our Green Forum for more articles that save money and the environment.

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