There is a lot going on around the Seacoast to celebrate Mother Earth today and throughout this month! Shopping at the local farmer's market, participating in a beach clean up and attending Solarfest at UNH all help contribute, do you know that there is a lot you can do at home to become more green?
According to the National Association of Realtors® 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, in New Hampshire Heating and cooling costs, energy efficient appliances and energy efficient lighting are all considered "very important" factors when purchasing a new home. Especially when building a new home.
There are simple steps to start with to make your home more "green":
- Switching to energy efficient light bulbs. While LED bulbs might be more expensive up front cost, their long life and energy efficiency will save you money in the long run
- Change to programable thermostats. The new Wi-Fi thermostats quickly learn your heating schedule and reduce the amount of time your heat is running
- Install water saving shower heads
- Upgrading appliances, doors and windows to ENERGY STAR® rated items
Be sure to check out NHSaves.com for rebate and discount information as provided by your utility companies. There may be ways to save money on the items to help turn your home into a more desirable home with energy efficient features and lowered utility costs!
At Great Island Realty we will be focusing on being more green as well: Using less paper, more recycling and unplugging our computers at night!
Enjoy this beautiful Earth Day!
Check out our Pinterest Board: Going Green for more tips and tricks!