January 09, 2017
Eco-friendly homes are popping up everywhere. It’s an undeniable movement that’s well past its infancy, but some are still concerned about cost and how they can adopt best practices without breaking the bank.
The truth is that going green doesn’t have to be super expensive. Small changes can lead to big savings that don’t empty your wallet, so reduce, reuse and recycle these steps for a more sustainable home:
1) Think before you throw
They say one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Composters know this to be true. A compost area in your backyard can be a huge draw for the eco-centric buyers. It reduces landfill waste, cuts greenhouse gas emissions and offers a nutrient-rich addition to soil. Next time you have grass clippings, egg shells or fruit/veggie scraps, keep them for your compost – buyers and Mother Nature will thank you.
2) Clean with the green
Chemical-free homes are all the rage right now. Homes that fit into this category are cleaned with biodegradable cleansers that don’t harm the environment or leave the space with a harsh chemical smell. When you list your home, let your REALTOR® know that you use these stellar cleaning products to keep your home in tip top shape. It can be a huge draw for some buyers and result in more viewings.
3) Energy efficient lighting
Those swirly light bulbs aren’t just fun to look at – they actually serve an energy efficient purpose. Compared to traditional lightbulbs, light emitting diodes (LEDs) and halogen incandescent bulbs can use up to 80 per cent less energy and omit light 25 times longer. These bulbs may cost a bit more at the outset, but their longevity and energy savings are worth it in the long run.
4) Give it the boot
Our shoes hold bacteria, pesticides and toxins, so before you walk through your home, remove your shoes. Get into the habit of taking them off when you come into the house, right at the entryway. This step prevents pesky substances from getting into carpets and ensures you have a squeaky clean space. It also reduces the need for vacuuming or mopping when showing your home—call that a bonus reason to drop your shoes at the door.