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1.    Make Your Home Green – There are several smart ways to make your home eco-friendly.  When homeowners consider going “green” the misconception is “I have to invest a considerable amount of money and time.”  That is not necessarily true.  With just a few minor adjustments your home can be eco-friendly!

a.     Change light bulbs to energy-efficient light bulbs such as halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).  According to Energy.gov, they use less energy than traditional bulbs and last up to 25 times longer. The Home Depot carries a great selection of energy saving bulbs.  My favorite lighting source that cut my electricity cost is Cree, 60 Watt Equivalent Daylight LED light bulb.  The bulb is Energy Star certified and can last over 20 years (3 hours of use daily) and uses 83% less energy than standard LED bulbs.

cree light bulb

b.    Next is to upgrade your thermostat – The Ecobee 7-Day Smart Wif-Fi Programmable Thermostat has remote sensors that deliver the appropriate temperature to the room that matters most.  It senses whether you are home or not, the weather outside, plus your homes unique profile.   Homeowners report saving up to 23% on their electric bill.  The Ecobee is Energy Star certified.

ecobee

c.    Secure water sources – replace faucets, chalking, and check for leaks.  KOHLER makes some of the best consumer products.  Their kitchen faucets, shower heads, and toilets offer outstanding functionality and water-saving features.  For gardening and lawn maintenance the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while are rain barrels!  With water use restrictions and municipals rising prices, this is an incredible time to invest in a renewable water source program.  Homeowners are now harvesting rainwater to save money and protect this natural resource.  Furthermore, your plants and trees will greatly benefit from a natural water source.  The type of water you use in your garden and landscaping affects the health of this ecosystem.  Water from municipalities can sometimes be too harsh and disrupt the balance of the soil. Ace Hardware.com carries a nice Fiskars 58-gallon barrel that is sturdy and economical.

kholer faucet

2.    Invest in routine A/C maintenance – has your air conditioning unit inspected by a licensed HVAC specialist.  Make sure the unit is functioning properly and efficiently.  Also, hire an energy auditor.  During the audit, your heater, A/C, water heater and insulation will be checked to make sure they are functioning properly.  Plus, replace filters inside your home every 2 to 3 months to allow your system to operate at peak performance during the summer months.

3.    Pressure wash, sidewalks, driveway and siding.  A clean exterior speaks volumes and gives your home a newer appearance.  Make sure to use detergents specifically for the pressure washer you are using.  For siding or brick avoid seams, gaps around doors and windows.
Just a few simple projects this summer will offer your home better functionality, curbside appeal and energy savings.  In the event you decide to sell your home, these practical tips can net extra money on the transaction.
For all your real estate needs – call Jewel Johnson, Realtor® (832) 800-4760 or info@JewelJohnson.com
http://www.JewelJohnson.com

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