With energy efficiency and awareness for our environment becoming more and more important and sought after in real estate, many people who are currently in the home-buying stage have energy conservation as a high priority on their house hunting checklist. Luckily, there are lots of quick sustainable improvements you can make to your home to attract these green-minded buyers, while at the same time reducing your monthly maintenance costs.
Install a smart thermostat: Heating and cooling your home takes an immense amount of energy, and the costs can add up if not managed properly. With smart thermostats, you can program your HVAC system to work around your schedule, so that it's only working when you're home. Not only that, most smart thermostats can be controlled remotely, so you never have to wonder, "Did I turn off the heat?" Not sure where to start your research? We're big fans of the Canadian company Nest just purchased by Google!
Switch to LEDs: While incandescent lighting has gone through several changes since their invention, most of the power used by bulbs produced today is converted into heat. Not only does that mean more power consumption, it means more unwanted heat in the home. Luckily, LEDs (light-emitting diodes) have become more readily available recently and significantly reduce energy use compared to traditional incandescent bulbs (and last much longer).
Use efficient bathroom fixtures: Water consumption is another aspect of greenifying your home. High-flow showerheads can waste a lot of water while bathing, so consider investing in one that allows you to change the flow setting. In the same way, traditional toilets use a lot of water (13.6 litres) when being flushed. In contrast, modern, high efficiency toilets, only use 5 litres.