Green building and lifestyle practices help conserve natural resources, and make your home more attractive to today’s environmentally conscious potential buyers.
Consider these “green ideas” to improve your home – and increase your opportunity to gain more green when you sell:
- Lighting – Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which use one-fourth as much energy. Install dimmer switches. Use motion detectors for flood lights.
- Attic – Increase attic insulation from R30 to R50 at a cost of $150 per 1,000 square feet and save up to 20 percent of energy costs. Install a mechanical vent ($325) for every 1,000 square feet of attic space and recoup your investment in the first year.
- Windows – If your windows don’t have low-emittance (Low-E) coating, have them tinted and save almost as much energy as thermal panes. Hang window treatments inside the casing when possible.
- Landscaping – If your home isn’t shaded on the southern elevation, install plantings that have leaves for summer shading and shed them in the winter to allow sun. Use drought-resistant “local” plants. Consider a cistern to collect rainwater.
- HVAC – Add humidification to your HVAC system. It will remove humidity in the summer and make it feel cooler, and add moisture to the dry air in the winter. Switch to programmable thermostats.
- Appliances – Unplug unused appliances. Consider installing a tankless water heater, or a re-circulating pump to keep water hot and waste less. Look for Energy Star tags when purchasing new appliances.
Source: Arvil Price, Certified Green Professional, America’s Choice Home Inspections, 704-400-0906