Save Money, Add Value, Reduce Carbon Footprint

Green Homes in CaliforniaIf you’re a homeowner you would probably be excited to know that you can reduce your carbon footprint while at the same time adding value to your home and saving you money in the long run!  We all want to help save the planet for our future generations, but when you can also save yourself money and add value to your home, why would you not do it?  Some of these require upfront costs, but all of them save you money in the long run.

Here are some helpful tips that will help you do it all:

  • Replace old Appliances with new Energy Efficient Appliances – The refrigerator is typically the largest consumer of electricity in a home, followed by washers and dryers.  Replacing your old refrigerator, washer and dryer with Energy Efficient versions of the same, can save you over $225/year in energy costs.
  • Turn off lights when they are not needed
  • Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs – Compact fluorescent bulbs can save $30 in energy costs per bulb over the life of the bulb when compared with a standard incandescent bulb.
  • Use Rain water – You can water the plants inside and outside using rain water if you set up barrels in your backyard to collect it.
  • Install Solar Panels – Installing solar panels on your roof can save you over $50 per month in energy costs.  Solar panel installation is dependent on many factors. Read: Why Should I Install Solar Panels On My House.
  • Install Low Flow Toilets – saves hundreds of gallons of water per month
  • Install Low Flow Shower Heads – saves hundreds of gallons of water per month

To learn more about being green and saving money, research these tips carefully.  Your local hardware store can be a great resource to help.  They have experts who can help you choose the right components for your homes needs to maximize your long term savings; and even help with installation.

Also remember when deciding whether to make certain improvements or not that most of these additions to your home can add value, instantly.  When your home costs less to operate, it makes it more attractive to buyers, theoretically increasing value and making it easier to sell when the day sometime comes.  Work with an experienced real estate broker who will highlight all the benefits of your home to potential buyers.

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  • Debi Drecksler

    Great suggestions!