With the increasing awareness of the effects of global warming, rising energy costs and diminishing natural resources (not to mention political correctness), you may be wondering about or even considering making ‘green’ renovations to your home or just buying a new eco-friendly house.
So, what does going green really mean in terms of reducing your energy costs and reducing your ‘carbon footprint’ on the environment?
Well, the list is long, but I’ll share with you a few things you can do right now that can make a difference and won’t break the bank.
Some obvious things you’ve heard of, or may already be doing, such as replacing incandescent lights with compact florescent bulbs, installing low-flow toilets and faucets and putting in ceiling fans to reduce running your A/C during the summer. Add a programmable thermostat to regulate the heat automatically and change your furnace filters every few months.
You can also run your irrigation in several cycles for a shorter duration to reduce run off, plant deciduous trees on the south and west sides of your home for summer shade and still get the benefit of winter sun, and replace that old bluegrass lawn with drought tolerant fescue turf.
If you want to be even more pro-active and are willing to spend a bit more, replace your old single pane windows with Low-e energy efficient windows, add more insulation to your attic, and install a tankless water heater. Time to replace your appliances too? Buy new Energy Star appliances like your washer and dryer, refrigerator and oven. There are many tax incentives for going green, so save your receipts.
Want more ideas? Follow this link and scroll to the bottom of the page for an extensive list of possible green upgrades.
If you’d prefer to buy new, there is a Green builder here in Danville. Clarum Homes has LEED Gold Certified, Zero-Energy Homes at Hansen Lane Estates, featuring 10 Semi-Custom Homes priced from $1.8MM – $2MM. Call me if you would like to go take a look.
Finally, there’s been a lot of banter in the real estate industry about becoming an “eco-broker“, a certification I’d receive that would train me to identify and call out the eco-friendly features of your home when we go to list and sell it. Would this have value for you? I’d love to know. Please give me a call or send an email with your feedback. We are offered this type of thing all the time, and I’d love to know if this would be important to you.