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Hacks to Go Green in Your Home - Saving Energy

by Kirk Wright 08/14/2019

The fight to sustain planet earth has gone beyond the responsibility of just a few to the responsibility of all inhabitants. Diminishing energy sources, limited human resources, pollution, and other environmental concerns sit at the top of the to-do list of every country across the globe. Experts have awakened to the need to sustain planet earth and unearthed little hacks that would play a role or two in the sustenance of the environment. Fortunately, going green does not have to cost you much money or time. Little hacks to your daily routine can add up quickly to a substantial change in the ecosystem. 

Here are three little green living hacks that can help you protect your family and the environment.

Go for EnergyStar-Rated Appliances

A report from the United States Energy Information Administration stated that an average American home incurs about $112.59/month as electricity bill. Worse, this ridiculous amount does not include natural gas and other transportation costs. To reduce the excess energy consumed in your home, experts advise that you opt for EnergyStar-rated appliances designed to complete the same task with a minimum amount of energy.

Save Energy with LED and CFL Lights

Replacing the traditional incandescent bulbs with light-emitting diode (LED) and compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs is yet another good way to save energy and protect the environment. LED and CFL provide many advantages over incandescent bulbs. LED and CFL bulbs utilize seventy-five percent less energy than do traditional bulbs—and, they emit less heat as well. Furthermore, they last longer than incandescent bulbs, which means saving the environment and a few bucks too.

Save Water with High-Efficiency Showerhead

Yes, water covers seventy-five percent of the earth, but our homes use only about one percent. A large percentage of earth's water resides in oceans and is too salty for at home use. A substantial amount of earth's water, located in aquifers beneath the ground, is also inaccessible by humans. Unfortunately, human activities pollute the small percentage of clean water made available for use daily. And the unpolluted fraction does not have a means for conservation, which is why experts recommend high-efficiency showerheads designed to save up to three thousand (3,000) gallons of water per person each year.

Adding energy-efficient fixtures and light bulbs to your home can increase its value. Ask your local realtor about high-efficiency homes available in your area.

About the Author
Author

Kirk Wright

I bought my first home in a small community on the shores of Lake Simcoe about an hour north of Toronto, Canada. Ironically, I couldn't wait for my mortgage statement to arrive each month so I could study it and mail in my payment (am I dating myself?). The statement would arrive. I'd scan the principal, revel in its reduction, then ask my REALTOR® what home values were doing in our neighborhood. It was intoxicating - principal down, home value up, repeat.

This home (actually a cottage) was my castle. I drilled a well to have running water year round, built a picket fence, painted the exterior, removed the shag carpet "insulation" off the walls and planted some flowers. It's difficult to convey how beautiful this home was to me.

Ultimately all the sweat was worth it 'cause I used the equity from the sale of that little property to fund my move to Orlando in 2001, my wedding and the down payment on our first home in the Milk District in Orlando.

Two years later we fell in love with a home in Winter Park's Dubsdread Heights neighborhood between Dubsdread Golf Course and Little Lake Fairview. Equity in our first home enabled us to refinance and pull out the necessary cash to use as a down payment on this second home. Now we were multi-home owners and landlords too!

Becoming a landlord brought the same sort of pride that came with buying my first home. Our tenants were wonderful, they LOVED the Milk District and never stopped thanking me for renting our home to them. In return, they paid us rent that covered the mortgage plus a little bit more. How awesome is that?

A year later our tenants were ready to become home owners themselves and moved to south Orlando. We put the house up for sale and our REALTOR® helped us secure nearly twice what we paid for it 3 years earlier. The American Dream was alive and well.

A number of years later we were in a position to buy our "forever" home, a beautiful home listed with...you guessed it, Fannie Hillman + Associates. It is located in Orlando's Ivanhoe Village where culture, dining & nightlife are only as far as the end of the block. We kept our Dubsdread home and purchased the Ivanhoe Village property and became landlords once again.

For 16 years I helped local business owners grow their business using advertising and marketing and now I am thrilled to be part of the Fannie Hillman + Associates team as a REALTOR®, making my passion my career.

I look forward to using my experience to help you buy or market and sell your home.

Best,

Kirk.

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