How To Create A More Environmentally Friendly Home
Everyone is looking for a way to save on their energy bills. Implementing some environmentally friendly systems in your home will get you well on your way to being “green.” Here are several tips to help get you started.
1. Have you ever considered a tankless water heater? A tankless water heater is basically a water heater without a tank. It heats the water on demand by running the water over hot coils. This means you won’t have to heat your 50 gallon water heater for 24 hours every day, which will save you huge amounts of money on your utility bill.
2. Many homeowners are now opting for “green” flooring. Green flooring comes in many different styles and is made with different types of material. For example: bamboo, concrete, cork, etc.
3. Why not have some solar panels installed on your roof? Doing this could pay you back in spades. Many utility companies will offer a rebate when you have them installed. In addition, if you have electricity left over, your power company may even give you a credit on your bill for the electricity you sent back to them.
4. Installing a “cool roof” is another great “green” option. They’re usually white or have a light color to them and they reflect infrared rays. Therefore, in that way, a cool roof can lower your utility bill, because your air conditioner will not have to run as much. This may not be an option for everyone, especially if you live in an area that stays cold most of the time. In that case you may want to stick with a darker colored roof that will absorb the heat from the sun.
5. Perform an energy audit. Look for any air leaks and seal them. Check your attic’s insulation and vapor barrier. Then inspect your HVAC system. Also, replacing any old appliances with new Energy Star rated appliances can also help reduce your utility bill. Here’s a resource you can use for performing your energy audit: http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/do-it-yourself-home-energy-audits.
6. Most traditional paints contain volatile organic compounds, also known as VOC’s. When choosing a paint, look for paints that state that they’re “low VOC.” You spend a lot of time in your home and exposing you and your family to VOC’s for a long periods of time could create a multitude of health problems.
If you’re interested in buying a home in Florida that’s environmentally friendly, contact us to request a list of available homes in your area which meet that criteria.
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About the Author: Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Real Estate agent for over 25 years in Florida. Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group, a boutique agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties. Millie is fluent in English and Spanish with a strong network of real estate professionals worldwide. Other post by Millie Gil
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