Going Green: A More Environmentally Friendly Home
During the summer, the weather is warm and people spend more time outside. It's only natural to think about how your house can be more energy-efficient, stay cool, and possibly save a few dollars on your utility bills.
Whether you’re looking to lower your personal costs or help make your home more attractive to sell, investing in energy-efficient changes benefits everyone. In 2022, Realtors see eco-conscious buyers are looking for homes that include many of these energy-efficient options.
Windows are common culprits of expensive energy bills, especially if they're only single paned. While replacing them may be costly, it is a wise investment that will help you save money in the long term. Plus, if you’re planning on selling your home soon, you get the added benefit of having a major selling point for prospective buyers.
Tankless water heaters can help reduce your utility bills, take up less space, and last longer than traditional heaters. If you’re not ready to make the move to a tankless water heater, simply reducing the water temperature can also help to conserve energy. You can easily adjust the temperature on most traditional water heaters with the click of a button or tun of the knob.
Does your home have old and dated appliances ? When it’s time to replace an them, choose one with high energy ratings. Not only will you benefit from improved performance, but you'll conserve energy. Outdated appliances are also an eyesore when trying to stage your home for buyers, so this is another energy-saving update that will help you when you plan to sell.
Did you know small changes in the placement of your trees and shrubs can make a big difference in energy savings? Plants block radiation that warms your home, so proper landscaping means less energy to keep cool. Properly placed plants can also add curb appeal to your home, a big bonus for home buyers.
A properly insulated home can keep you cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. You may not image we need to keep warm here in Hawai`i, but it gets pretty chilly at higher elevations as you go up the mountains! You can insulate your roof, attic, or walls to reduce the energy needed to create a comfortable climate for you and your ohana.
Remember, small changes can make a big difference in creating a greener, more energy-efficient home. Replacing light bulbs is a simple task that goes a long way. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use up to three-quarters less energy than standard incandescent bulbs, a savings that really adds up!