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Making Your Home Eco-Friendly

by Debra Engel 03/04/2019

When it comes to sustainable living and environmental conservation, everyone has a little part to play. With an eco-friendlier home, you can save water, save energy, save money and ultimately save the environment. All these without compromising beauty or quality. Here are a few ideas on making your home a little eco-friendlier that you may want to try out this year.

  1. Change the Lighting. Whenever possible, lower energy uses by using natural sunlight, especially during the day. Install skylights in rooms that have no windows so more sunlight gets in. Remember to turn off the lights as you exit a room. And for maximum impact, replace all electrical bulbs with LED lights. They use less energy than regular bulbs and also last longer, saving you a lot of money in the long run.
  2. Use water efficient shower heads and faucets. They will save you a lot of money in both water and heating bills because they reduce the amount of hot water you will use every day. Limit the time you spend in the bath too. Use the shower every day and save the bathtub for when you really need it. You can also save water by fixing water leaks in pipes and faucets or appliances like the heater and washing machine as soon as you notice them.
  3. Update your electrical appliances to energy efficient models. Using old appliances in your home because they still work might not necessarily be saving money because the newer models of common appliances like dishwashers and microwave ovens are designed to use less energy. Larger appliances will help you save even more money.
  4. Save energy on your laundry. Do your laundry with cold water instead of hot water. Wait for a full load of clothes before you decide to use the washing machine to save on water and energy. Where possible such as during the summer months, skip the dryer and dry your clothes on a line outside. They dry just as well.
  5. Invest in solar panels. If it’s well within your budget, you might consider investing in solar panels. Although you may think the initial outlay a bit expensive, you will be able to save money in the long term and probably make some by generating electricity for others. Several local and state governments give credits for installing solar panels, find out if you are eligible from your neighborhood association.

Some eco-friendly ideas can significantly increase the value of your home. Talk to your real estate professional about the best options for your area and budget.

About the Author
Author

Debra Engel

  

Through her commitment to excellence and personal service Debra has become a highly regarded Realtor with RE/MAX. Debra is familiar with the residential resale markets throughout her area. She has the knowledge, resources, and expertise to market your home effectively, and to help you choose the right neighborhood for you and your family.

Debra believes that real estate is much more than simply buying or selling a home. To her, a key element of real estate is developing relationships and building trust with her clients. When you meet Debra you will quickly realize you have gained a true friend! She knows how to listen and always puts the needs and wants of her clients first. Debra truly enjoys working with her clients and helping them through the process of buying or selling a home.

Whether your move is up sizing or downsizing or changing cities, Debra and her staff are dedicated to listening to your needs and to serving you with honesty, integrity, and professionalism. Perhaps it is this commitment to personal service that keeps her clients coming back time after time and recommending Debra to their friends and family. 

She has completed her SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist), CIAS (Certified Investor Agent Specialist), CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) and SFR (Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource). 

Her latest accomplishment in 2018 is she joined the RE/MAX Hall of Fame of which she takes much pride in.