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Published: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Did you know that a certified green home that has an integrated design of conservation and environmental sustainability will offer improved resale value to the seller?

Let’s be real, not all of us are going to all that effort.  That being said, what will it take to make the house you own green and what is in it for you?

To remodel an existing building to make it a green building takes time, resources and commitment, especially resources.  The smartest approach in such a situation is to take it one step at a time – start with one part of your home and move to the next.  Whether you start with your kitchen, electrical, windows, roofing, insulation or appliances really doesn’t matter as long as you get started somewhere.

I have been reading everywhere that green homes are catching on real fast.  I don’t know whether that is hype or real, but this I do know that they deliver plenty of benefits that are immediate and long term.  In addition, a energy efficient and ecologically sustainable home will save you money help you leave a clean environment for future generations.

Most of us however are too concerned about making a living to make our payments and mortgages to worry about making long-term home improvements, especially green ones unless absolutely necessary.

Since I am one of these people, I have a few quick fixes that you should think about when the time comes:

Energy saving light bulbs

The easiest no brainer.

Appliances

If you have to replace one, get the one that will save you the most on energy costs.   Even if it is a little more expensive at the outset, it will make up for it in terms of energy savings very quickly.  Look for the Energy Star logo on the appliance.

Furnace and Water Heater

When you have to replace a furnace or water heater, get the most energy efficient one you can.  Along with your appliances, these are some of the biggest energy guzzlers in the house.

Drafts

This is one of the best quick fixes I know.  Get your contractor to come in and find out where all the drafts are in your house.  If you seal these up, you should see an immediate impact on your heating bill.

Insulation

When you have to replace your insulation or add to it, buying the right energy saving insulation will save you money over time.

Every little bit helps and improving your home is always going to be a marathon, not a sprint.  Just start somewhere.

 

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