Climate change, pollution, the loss of biodiversity, soil degradation, water shortages – the world is stampeding towards devastating ecological disasters.
The time to go green is yesterday.
Consumers are intent on reducing their carbon footprint, and industries are scrambling to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for eco-friendly options. Real estate is no different.
For clever property owners, this is actually good news – if you plan to sell at any point in near future, a few green upgrades can significantly increase your property’s value.
These are the smartest ones to consider.
Bring in energy-efficient appliances
Smart, eco-friendly appliances are all the rage. Today you can find a refrigerator that will not only reduce energy usage in your home, but help you track your diet as well. You can find washing machines that are able to wash more clothes with less detergent, or you can find water filtration systems that make bottled water practically obsolete. Most of these appliances are directly connected to the internet and can be programmed to work during off-peak hours. The Internet of Things concept also allowed for the implementation of the smart diagnosis feature that transmits all information from the appliances to their support centers. This way, homeowners don’t need to pay for service and maintenance calls, or for expensive in-home visits.
Install smart thermostats
Although smart thermostats have been in use for quite some time, the most recent models come with innovations that drastically cut energy use, as well as heating and electric bills. New smart thermostats look like iPads. They come with stainless steel masks and shiny displays. They can modify room temperature depending on the weather as well as the tenants’ habits and schedule. In order to accomplish this, they use high-tech sensors, advanced algorithms, cloud computing and a touch of advanced machine learning. Most smart thermostats cost more than $200, but since they can save more than $300 per year, they are definitely worth the price.
Impress home buyers with solar energy systems
Solar panels are the future of green energy. While they used to be a pricey investment, modern technology has made it a lot more affordable to install a solar power system. This kind of green energy will not only reduce the carbon footprint of a home, but it will also significantly reduce utility bills of the household – it’s a sound purchase all around. Bear in mind that solar panels are not the only part of a good power system. To make sure the solar energy is actually usable in your home, you’ll need to invest in a good inverter. Something like the well-designed Sunny Boy inverter will make sure the system produces enough clean energy by converting direct current to alternating current, which can then be fed into the electrical grid or a battery.
The best thing about solar energy is that, unlike fossil fuel, it’s completely renewable – as long as the sun is shining, you’ll have something to power your home.
Consider automated lighting
To start with, replace all the regular light bulbs in your home with compact fluorescent or LED ones. This is a quick and easy way to immediately cut down energy usage. Besides this, there is another, very effective way to approach the problem of high energy consumption of lighting systems. Most people leave their lights on from time to time, which causes unnecessary consumption and costs. This issue can be addressed with the introduction of automated lighting. Most of these systems use movement-sensors and other hi-tech equipment. There are also lighting systems, which use Wi-Fi and can be controlled through smartphone apps. These systems are very useful for families who go on long vacations.
Get some new windows
Energy-efficient windows? Yep. They exist, and they’re great. Basically, it’s just a regular window, but coated in a special substance that helps reflect light. This means that your home will be cooler during summer and warmer during winter. High-quality windows with good caulking and weather-stripping features are also a great way to give your thermostat a rest.
Use low-flow faucets
Low-flow faucets can reduce a home’s water usage by up to sixty percent. These are basically faucets that help you use less water, meaning you’ll help save the world’s dwindling water supplies. And don’t worry, less water doesn’t necessarily mean less pressure – high-quality faucets are made in a way that still offers a great shower experience despite the reduction in water usage.
The world of green technology is advancing at such an advanced pace that soon enough eco-friendly upgrades will become mandated by law. Our recommendation? Jump on board the green train as soon as you can if you want to increase the value of your property. The investment will pay off – both for you and for the world.
Lana is a stay-at-home mom, writer, and interior design enthusiast. She loves writing about interiors, but her specialty is landscape design. She enjoys playing in the kitchen and cooking for her friends and family, spending time in nature and learning about other cultures by traveling. She is a regular contributor to smoothdecorator.com