Friday, June 8, 2012

Greenscaping your Home

In case you haven’t noticed, in recent years, the “going green “ trend has really gained ground. It’s not wonder why. There are plenty of benefits no matter what you’re beliefs towards going green are. Obviously, going green has much to do with protecting the environment, but for those interested in putting a little more money back in their pockets, there are reasons to go green as well.

Going Green doesn’t have to mean moving to a commune and using only recycled soda bottles or living completely off of the land. Oftentimes, it simply takes a bit of foresight and necessary planning. The best ways to go green are to simply observe your consumption habits. The two most prominent categories for this, at least in your home will likely be electricity and water.

Let’s start with the larger of the two. Electricity powers just about everything in your home, but the biggest consumer is most often the air conditioning. There are plenty of ways to combat this annual battle. Knowing where the heat transfer occurs is key. If you have large windows, it is very important to bock these from letting in more sunlight than is necessary. This can be done in a few different ways, Blinds and shades are normally a good and aesthetically pleasing solution, while planting a tree to block the sunlight is a bit more novel of an idea. You should also check the edges around your windows and doors for cracks and leaks. Large openings such as those at the foot of your door often make it difficult to keep the air cool. Windows that won’t completely shut create the same problem. Luckily, these problems are easily remedied by a bit of weather stripping and caulk.

When it comes to water consumption, there are a few ways you can also be greener. The easiest fix of them all is to simply reduce your time in the bath or shower, but sometime that isn’t always an option. In this case, you should consider installing low flow faucet and showerheads. Many of these are designed t deliver the same pressure you are accustomed to, while reducing the amount of water used. Another great step you can take to reduce your water and electricity consumption is to buy Energystar approved and other appliances that promise a reduced consumption of water and electricity. Although a bit more expensive, buying energy efficient appliances will significantly reduce your utility bills and can increase the value of your house.

Of course, there are many other ways to greenscape your house, but to find those out, you’ll have to talk to a professional. For more real estate tips and advice, be sure to contact to Virginia Hall at 619.258.8585 or at today!

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