5 Tips to Reduce Your Monthly Energy Expenses

Reduce-Energy-CostEnergy bills are way too high, and unfortunately energy-saving methods, like solar panels and high-efficiency appliances, cost money, too. However, there are many ways to reduce energy expenses without spending anything. Here are five practical, energy-saving tips.

1. Unplug Devices and Keep Lights Off
The household appliances that tend to use the most energy are television sets, gaming consoles (such as Xbox and PlayStation) and desktop computers. Unplugging these when they are not in use will reduce your energy costs. Shutting lights off when not in use, and using natural light whenever possible, will also help.

2. Keep Your Vents Open and Clean
To make sure your air conditioning or heat does not go to waste, make sure all of your vents are open and clean. Fans do not change the air temperature, but they can maximize the effectiveness of your A/C or heater by moving the air throughout the house.

3. Don’t Waste Water
To save on your electricity costs, you will want to make sure you don’t have any leaking faucets or running toilets. If you spot any water-wasting problems in your home, an All About Plumbing expert recommends contacting a professional who can diagnosis and fix your running water issues, versus trying to fix the problem yourself.

4. Washing Machines
Use more cold water and less hot water. Load the washing machine with the right amount of clothes. If possible, air dry your clothing. If you do use a drier, leave it about 25 percent unfilled so that the clothing can move and dry faster. Depending on your power company, it may be cheaper to do your laundry in the evening after 8:00 p.m. You can call your power company to ask them if they offer discounts for certain times of the day.

5. Dishwashers
For dishwashers, you will also want to use more cold water and less hot water. Make sure your dishwasher is stacked efficiently. Do not put cutting boards or plates up against the door. This can block the detergent from distributing around the dishwasher properly. Finally, it can save you water if you use a good detergent. Otherwise, you may end up washing some dishes again, which wastes more water.

There are many simple ways to save energy. The key is to be diligent and intentional about money-saving. If you are always thinking of ways to save energy, you’ll remember to turn the light switches off and unplug appliances. Hopefully these pieces of practical advice help you in your journey to save energy and money.


By Meghan Belnap


About the Author

Greg DiGiorgio is a highly reviewed Arlington MA Realtor who is a dedicated, passionate, and market-savvy professional who puts his clients’ satisfaction before all else. His attention to detail, superior people skills, broad knowledge of the real estate industry as a whole, and his pure determination to indulge his clients with first class service sets him apart. In addition to Greg being an Accredited Buyers Representative-ABR, he understands the power of creative, well-organized and highly effective marketing and offers customized marketing plans that maximize property exposure to the most qualified buyers. He has appeared several times on Fox 25 News where he was interviewed on current market trends and conditions. A real estate transaction is really about managing people, their desires and their finances. It is an intricate and consequential negotiation.

Greg understands that it is important to secure not only the most able buyer, but also to the one that is most likely to close the deal. When so much is at stake, Greg is the one you want to represent you. His fair yet aggressive negotiating style and protectiveness of his clients’ best interests and ultimately, their assets, has gained his respect with colleagues and clients alike.

Greg also knows that every transaction represents the most important purchase or sale a person can make, and he takes every precaution to ensure that communication is impeccable with all parties involved from beginning to end. Whether it’s patiently guiding first time buyers through this exciting process or following through with clients’ needs long after the transaction is over, Greg’s warm, caring yet efficient business style will turn you into a client for life.


Greg grew up in the Greater Boston area and has a deep appreciation for the North East way of life. He attended The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Research. Greg’s professional background is rooted in the technology sales & marketing. As a result, he learned to adapt to many different people and situations quickly and competitively. The insight that he has gained from many years of involvement in bringing all components of a transaction together smoothly has granted him a unique perspective and approach to the real estate industry. His enthusiasm and tenacity has allowed him to emerge as one of Greater Boston’s finest Realtors, and one of the highest reviewed amongst Arlington MA Realtors!

My Goal

My goal is to provide the best experience possible to my clients while helping them achieve their real estate goals. My streamline systems and use of technology ensure a smooth ride along the way. Whether it’s a first-time buyer, a seller, or investor, I strive to gain lifelong clients and friends by providing them with a fun, relaxing, but yet educational experience throughout the entire process.

Objectives for my Buyer Clients

Counsel session to determine wants & needsSchedule times to view properties

Run comparable analysis report for subject property

Help negotiate terms of the offer

Provided options for home inspectors

Help negotiate & finalize terms of Purchase & Sale Agreement

Assist in finalizing finances with Mortgage Broker

Handle any other paperwork and/or tasks including meeting mortgage commitment deadlines to making sure the transaction closes on time.

I keep an open door policy with all my clients even after the sale should they have any questions, or need help with any of their real estate needs. The closing of a real estate transaction is not the end, but just the beginning of a relationship.

Objectives for my Seller Clients

Listen carefully to make sure your goals and objectives are clearly understood

Explain the home selling process thoroughly

Discuss agency relationship

Price your home accurately

Stage your home for sale

Plan & implement a proven & innovative marketing plan

Work diligently to sell your home quickly and efficiently

Follow up with open house leads & showing brokers to obtain feedback

Work hard to ensure that each step of the transaction is running smoothly

To ensure that all smoke & carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working correctly, and to obtain certificate from town/city

To obtain final payoff for city/town water bill

“Most Importantly to communicate with you consistently and efficiently throughout the entire home selling process”

Certifications and Recognitions

Winner of Leading Edge Real Estate’s Outstanding Creative Marketing Award. Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)

Member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM)

Licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Broker

Member of Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB)

Member of National Association of REALTORS (NAR)

Zoning & Building Codes Certificate

Residential New Construction Certificate

Title V Certificate