At some point, before or after a move, you may be faced with decisions on home renovations and upgrades. Whether you are giving your home a much-needed facelift or doing some pre-sale updates before moving out, navigating renovations can be tricky. Here at Sweetly we want you to take the environment into account when preparing to renovate your home. Before you make any big decisions regarding your updates, consider focusing your changes around environmentally sustainable technology! We’ve outlined a few eco-friendly and cost-effective home upgrades for you to embrace in your next renovation project.
Solar panels are becoming more common additions to residential properties as a way to harness the power of the sun. Solar panels provide clean energy and depending on the set-up of your grid, you can significantly reduce the number of fossil fuels (and money) your home eats up. Solar panels can be installed on a qualified roof, or if your roof doesn’t qualify you can opt for a ground mount installation. Solar energy systems can last for 25-30 years, but even if you don’t plan on staying in your home that long the solar systems can significantly increase the value of your home!
If you haven’t yet transitioned to energy-efficient appliances, this should be one of the first updates on your list! Nearly all of your common (and necessary) household appliances now come in energy-efficient models. From refrigerators to water heaters to washing machines and dryers, investing in energy-efficient appliances can significantly reduce your ecological footprint as well as your monthly energy bills. Although you may think your household doesn’t have a large impact on the environment, each little bit of energy conservation goes a long way toward controlling pollution and emissions.
An easy and inexpensive update to your home is to replace your existing light bulbs with LED lighting. LED lights draw less power, but the real benefit is that they use the power they do draw and convert all but 5% of it to light. Traditional bulbs flip that conversion, using 95% of their power in creating heat as opposed to light. LED lights contain no toxic elements and last up to six times longer than traditional bulbs. Not only do LED bulbs save energy, but they save you money as well!
Check up on the insulation in your housing. Insulation helps your heating and cooling systems work less to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. By routinely checking on your insulation levels or updating them as needed, you can significantly reduce the amount of energy your home uses. The best places to start with insulation are walls, floors, and attics. Another quick and simple area to check and insulate are the areas around doors and windows. Particularly during the winter months, drafty doors and windows can moderately increase the energy use in your home. If you’re at a loss for where to begin, reach out to a local insulation contractor to evaluate your home!
Whether you are staging your home to sell or looking to furnish a new home, go eco-friendly by eliminating packaging and purchase previously owned decor! It’s no secret that consumerism runs rampant in our society. With the “buy buy buy” mentality, it’s easy to throw money toward new items to use in your home. However, purchasing brand new can have negative effects on more than just your wallet. There are multiple resources consumed when new products are created. From the actual materials of the item to the packaging the item comes in, the energy and pollution that go into new products take a toll on the environment. Instead of unwrapping new items and tossing the cardboard and plastic in the trash, head to a local thrift store or search for used items online! Most of the time you can find barely used (or new) products at 80% of the original sale price.
Whether you’re trying to sell your current home or looking for ways to upgrade your current home, our team of real estate agents at Sweetly are here to help! From home staging suggestions to our list of supporting partners, we’ve got the team and expertise to meet your needs. Our unique model of real estate is the perfect solution for those ready for change, in whatever capacity that is! To get in contact with one of our realtors, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 780.477.9338 for a consultation.