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Simple solutions to greening your home

With a lifestyle that’s grounded on the area’s abundant natural features, residents of North County San Diego have much to gain by going green. Tangible rewards include reduced energy bills and eligibility for tax credits while being kind to the environment.

Furthermore, greening your home can potentially increase its resale value. A 2012 study involving 1.6 million homes sold in California from 2007 to 2012 showed that homes with a green certification label sold for 9% more than its selling value.

While a certification is not necessary, cost-saving, energy-efficient features can make your home more attractive to buyers. If you do decide to sell your property, we can help you highlight these features in your listing.

Major improvements, like a solar photovoltaic system, can bring significant results. If you’re not ready for such a large investment, however, you can consider simple solutions that will not cost too much but still go a long way in reducing your energy bills.

Here are some of these solutions.

  1. Invest in low energy appliances
    Look for the Energy Star certification when purchasing new appliances, as these use anywhere from 10% to 50% less energy than traditional models.
  2. Install a “smart” thermostat

    Smart thermostats can be programmed according to your family’s habits and preferences, automatically reducing energy consumption when the house is empty or has fewer occupants. Smart thermostats may also detect other factors affecting indoor temperatures like the weather, humidity, and overall energy consumption, and adjust the temperature based on these. By automatically maintaining optimal cooling and heating in your home, overconsumption is avoided.

  3. Put up energy efficient windows

    Not only are new windows effective in giving your home a brand new look, they also offer one of the best ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Choose Energy Star-rated insulated windows, which help your home stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This results in less work for your HVAC system, which will add up to savings on your energy bill.

  4. Switch to energy-efficient lighting

    Halogen incandescents, CFLs, and LEDs use 25% to 80% less energy than traditional light bulbs. They also last as much as 25 times longer.

    Also, consider smart light bulbs. These may be controlled remotely using your smart phone, so they can be dimmed or turned off more easily when a room is empty or has low occupancy. They may be also be set up with motion detectors, allowing them to automatically shut off when there’s no one in the room.

  5. Install a whole house fan to substitute for an air conditioner

    When combined with ceiling fans and other circulating fans, a whole house fan can provide sufficient cooling for your home using much less energy. A whole house fan is usually installed in the attic, forcing out hot air through the attic vents and pulling in the cool early morning and evening air through the windows.

If you have any questions on how to make your home energy efficient, or if you are interested in finding a new green home of your own, we are here to help. Contact us today to get started.