Is your home green?
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Nowadays, we always see and hear GO GREEN!!! It carries a lot of meaning and depends on where and how it is associated with. But there is only one common goal. Go and change for the better. Green is always associated with the environment and energy efficiency. To homeowners, that is exactly what it means.
[ad#featuredpost120x600-wht]More and more homebuyers are looking for green homes, meaning those that contain eco-friendly materials and fixtures. Making your home green is not just from building your home, you maybe doing some renovations or simply replacing some fixtures right now. It maybe inexpensive depends on how far green you would want to be. The lists are almost endless; but letâ€™s start with the basics:
Changing light bulbs to CFL (compact fluorescent lights) this emits more light but will reduce your electric bill from 20-30%
Install ceiling fans. They help offset the energy use in both summer and winter. It helps the air circulate better without using too much of heat and cooling system.
Check your window blinds and shades make sure it is heavy and really blocked the sun or cold. If it is time to replace your windows, choose the low-E argon windows. These are windows with an invisible coating that reflects a lot of the heat from the sun. Check the sealants of your windows and doors. If you feel some heat or cold from the outside it is time to replace them.
Add a rain barrel near a down sprout to collect water for use in watering lawn, cleaning driveways or even cleaning your car.
Shop cleaning products that says GREEN, there are lots of those in the grocery isles right now, you will be surprise that even your favorite brands has it.
If you need to replace your appliances, choose those that are energy efficient, Energy Star qualified models especially those that do any kind of heating and cooling: dishwasher, range, microwave, oven, refrigerator, even washer and dryer.
There are latest and best innovations in appliances such as: tankless or on demand water heater. This reduce hot water bill in half. You can also buy a $50 water heater timer that shuts down at night. Or you can wrap the water heater with a padding blanket to keep it from losing the heat. There are new ones like low-flush toilets, low- shower heads.
If the furnace needs to be replaced, ask for the one with high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.
If you are thinking of replacing worn kitchen counters, use the Marmoleum ones, these are like genuine linoleum made from linseed oil and rosin. It does not leach chemicals.
Instead of replacing worn carpets with standard nylon, choose the PET recycled carpet. It is softer and stronger and made out of recycled plastic bottles.
Use paints that are low or no VOC (volatile organic compounds) chemicals such as formaldehyde in paint, carpet and furniture that evaporate easily and get into the air.
Examples of these brands out there are Benjamin Moore Eco Spec or Sherwin William GreenSure paints.
Always ask your contractor on green materials if you have to go to the next level. Some of them are certified on green designation.
Before I forget, start or continue recycling. Materials for Green products are usually from these items that we recycle.
It is a WIN-WIN situation, being green not only helps you save money, you are also helping to keep our environment clean and safe for you, your children and future generations.
When it is time for you to sell your home, mention all the GREEN stuff you have done. This will be your best selling point.
Letâ€™s GO GREEN!!!!!
(Note: Jocelyn Porteria is a RealtorÂ® licensed in VA. She earned a designation of ABR, Accredited Buyerâ€™s Specialist. For more info, call her at 571-432-8335 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org)