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Making Your Home More Eco-Friendly

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On September 10, 2021

Today’s homebuyers are much more environmentally conscious and they are looking for homes that are eco-friendly.  Luxury homebuyers especially want design elements that support sustainability. The National Association of Realtors’ 2021 Report on Sustainability stated that 65% of members noted that promoting energy efficiency in listings was valuable to them. In addition, millennials are big proponents of “green” living and with millions of them reaching the age where they will be buying homes in the next couple of years, there will be a large desire for eco-friendly homes that will play a part in protecting the planet.

So, how do you make your home more eco-friendly?

It is surprisingly easy to upgrade your home with green features, while keeping it aesthetically pleasing. Here are some ways to get started:

  1. USE ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHTBULBS

While they have been around for many years, lots of homeowners are just now beginning to use energy-efficient lightbulbs. They have many benefits, including reducing electricity use and extending the life of the bulb. Estimates are that if each American household exchanged one lightbulb for an energy efficient one, the country would save enough energy to light up to 2.5 million homes each year, and save $600 million in energy costs! One of the most common types of energy efficient lighting are LED bulbs. They come in all kinds of colors and styles and fit into current fixtures, making switching to energy efficient bulb one of the easiest ways to go green.

  1. MAKE YOUR HOME A “SMART” ONE

Many people may think having a “smart home” is out of reach; that it is something only luxury homeowners can afford. But truthfully, it’s one of the best ways to make your home eco-friendly and in the long run, it will save money. Home automation allows appliances to run with the lowest amount of energy required, thus creating lower bills for the homeowner. Automated controls save money, time, energy and reduce your carbon footprint. It is a win for everyone to add smart home technology! How Smart Home Technology Could Help You Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

  1. INSTALL A GREEN ROOF

The desire to eat healthy has many people participating in home gardening. With that in mind, urban home owners have started installing green roofs.  There are many benefits to green roofs; they don’t require a backyard, they provide natural cooling, and they are aesthetically pleasing. But most importantly, they are energy efficient. During the summer a green roof protects the building from direct solar heat. When winter arrives, it minimizes heat loss thanks to the extra insulation on the roof. And finally, thanks to the energy conservation it provides, there are fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

  1. CREATE A LIVING WALL

If you enjoy gardening and desire to be environmentally friendly, consider creating a living wall in your home. Not only is a living wall a beautiful, organic addition to your living room, entryway, or terrace, it is also very eco-friendly. It provides natural insulation, reduces energy consumption, and aids in humidity level maintenance. They are especially popular in hot climates because they require less energy to cool your home. 30 Breathtaking Living Wall Designs for Creating Your Own Vertical Garden

Making your home more eco-friendly means you are doing your part in saving our environment. In addition, it will save you money in the long run and it will also make your home more valuable and desirable for potential buyers when you are ready to sell!

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Huntsville area, let professional Realtor Mike Manosky help you with all your real estate needs!  Give him a call today at 256-508-0211 and check out  https://movetohuntsville.com/  for more information! 

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