Green Home Upgrades to Boost Energy Efficiency

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    Solar Energy Upgrades can Boost Buyer Appeal

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    Consider solar energy for your eco-friendly home. Getty Images

     

    Energy efficiency isn't just a fad any longer. Eco-conscious homebuyers are looking for ways to save energy while increasing the Earth's resources. When you are preparing your house to sell, any upgrade that adds value is worth your time, effort, and investment. One of the hottest trends in the real estate market is green, sustainable living. In other words, it is making changes to your home in a way that boosts energy efficiency and decreases your impact on the environment. We point...MORE you some top green upgrades that are not the only kind to mother Earth but also adds value and attracts eco-conscious buyers. Have a browse!

    Install Solar Panels to Harness the Sun

    Although, solar panels represent a significant investment, don’t let the high price tag bother you. Savings on electricity bills and government incentives can certainly help mitigate the cost. Moreover, when it’s time to put your house on the market, you can be sure that it will sell faster and at a better price.

    Look to your local government and find out if there's local state breaks for energy in your area. This could include getting tax breaks on installing energy conservation fixtures, devices, and more. See these energy tax state breaks here. In addition, check with the energy conservation office in your community for local details and opportunities.?

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    Consider Green Architecture that Recycles Resources

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    Consider green architecture to save resources. Getty Images

    Install Upgrades that Use Solar Energy

    If solar panels are way out of your budget, you can still achieve some benefits of solar technology by installing upgrades such as solar water heater. It is a great way to cut down on energy bills at a much lower initial investment. The cost associated with its installation can be recouped much faster than the investment associated with photovoltaic (PV) systems. And this upgrade will definitely not go unnoticed from the eyes of the potential home buyers.

    Use...MORE Green Architecture like a Rainwater Harvesting System

    Rainwater harvesting system is a mechanical method to collect rainwater in a barrel for later non-potable use such as flushing toilets, watering plants and irrigation. Unlike an ugly, plastic container, it is a more elaborate setup that collects water while enhancing the beauty of your lawn. The system is extremely inexpensive especially if you assemble the equipment yourself. 

    Go Green with Energy Efficient Appliances

    Kitchen and bathroom are areas where appliances account for a large portion of energy consumption. In fact, these two areas can determine how long a property stays on the market. Home sellers who really want to impress potential buyers must replace the energy consuming and water-wasting appliances with Energy Star models. The ones that are rated as environmentally sound can help you reduce your home’s carbon footprints and energy costs. And of course, will add impressive resale value as it will make potential buyers happy because they will also see substantial savings on their upcoming energy bills.

     

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    Eco-Friendly Lighting can Save Money and Energy

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    Try to harness natural daylight instead of lights. Getty Images

    Consider Using Eco-friendly Lighting

    Lighting can greatly impact the ambiance of a home, and is one of the simplest ways to cut down on energy costs and reduce its footprint. Replace inefficient incandescent lights with more efficient options, such as CFLs or LEDs to slim down your energy bills. Also, consider adding timers or dimmers to get the right amount of light at the right time. Look to environmentally-friendly light bulbs that will help reduce energy and save resources.

    And while you are...MORE at it, why not opt for solar lighting outdoors? They are perfect for pathways and sidewalks as they don’t require electrical cable and don’t use any energy from the house. Plus, they are very easy to install. Did we mention that they provide a pleasant ambiance that’s perfect for the curb appeal?

    Home shoppers are always looking for properties that stand out from the rest, and eco-friendly home upgrades can make that happen for all the right reasons. Whether you are looking to put your house on the market soon, or just want to increase its value, the above-mentioned green projects are beneficial improvements for your home. So which ones will you invest into?