4 HOME TECHNOLOGIES FOR A GREENER HOME
Good Real Estate Agents don’t just help their clients buy or sell a home, they go beyond their line of work and make sure that their clients are getting the best out of their money.
One of the ways they do that is to help home owners shave $200 to $400 off their energy bills annually while increasing the long-term value of their home. The National Association of Home Builders offers these high-tech tips:
Automated HVAC Systems
Programmable thermostats can save consumers about $180 per year in energy costs. Automated systems can be set to reduce consumption when residents are out and to create heating and cooling zones in a home. A guest bedroom, for instance, might not always need the same level of heat as the living room.
Tankless gas water heaters turn on when residents start using hot water and turn off when they’re done, which can reduce water heating costs up to 35 percent annually. Water heaters that have a timer can be programmed to turn off when the home owner is away.
Automatic dimmers will adjust lighting based on the time of day, which is extremely beneficial for exterior lighting.
Blinds & Drapes
Automated blinds are an eco-savvy development in window treatments. Program shades to close during the hottest part of the day in summer and to let sun in during winter.
Most of your listed properties may already have one or all of these, now you can add “ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME” to boost your properties and possibly get them sold faster, especially in a market that’s so conscious about the environment.
About the writer: Shaura Cuyan writes about all the hottest Real Estate trends and predictions for Summit VA Solutions! She has previously written for a number of freelancing gigs and writes her own blog on lifestyle and current issues. She is a Graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Communication, taking up her Masters in Development Communication.