What are the key factors to making your home green?
People often say they wish they could live in a green home but it is too expensive to buy a new home and install it with all those features that make it green. This could not be further from the truth.
Any home can be green if you are willing to make the choice and make green changes rather than just buy what is convenient or ones that give short term savings. You don’t need to wait for a new home to go green, but you can start today in the home you live in now.
Below are a few things homeowners can take into consider- ation:
Materials that go into making the home
Use materials more wisely, use salvaged materials, repurpose things and use materials that last longer.
One aspect of being green that many people overlook is the simplest, you are better off buying one of something that lasts 20 years than buying two that each last about 10 years.
The building envelope
This includes insulation, windows, siding, caulking and air filters that let the air in or out. A green home is very tight. You want the air to enter and exit your home under your control and filtered properly.
Heating and cooling
Energy star appliances make this much simpler, when you buy energy star appliances you know how much energy each appliance will use.
Programable thermostats are also great, why heat and cool your home more than needed? Programable thermostats have come a long way and now you can even control it by your phone.
The easiest way to make a home greener is to replace the lightbulbs.
LED bulbs are the most energy efficient and can last between 20,000 to 50,000 hours, which Consumer Reports says figures out to 18- 46 years if you only have them on three hours a day.
By installing the correct type of lightbulbs, you can save as much as 20 percent of your electrical bill.
Rob Carter, William Raveis Real Estate, ( 203) 654- 0140, rob. carter@ raveis. com