“Taking steps to make your home more eco-friendly is a great way to broaden its appeal to prospective buyers,” says Steve Gray, a broker with Royal LePage Kelowna. “Whether choosing renewable energy sources or landscaping for energy conservation, there are many ways to increase the ‘green’ quotient of your home.”
Gray recommends these three eco-friendly ideas:
1. Choose renewable energy. Fossil fuels contribute to your greenhouse gas emissions. You can reduce your carbon dioxide output by choosing renewable energy sources. Examples include passive solar heating, natural daylight, wind energy and photovoltaics, all of which convert natural energy into electricity.
2. Choose environmentally-friendly products. Many conventional household finishes emit noxious chemicals. When selecting interior finishes, consider the product’s toxicity, durability, resource conservation and sustainability. These factors help to determine how ‘green’ a product is.
3. Landscape for energy conservation. The value trees provide in landscaping is well documented. Trees help shield your home from winds and sun, thereby reducing your energy bills. A single large tree can increase the value of a new home by as much as $10,000.
By 2020, the Canadian federal government has committed to reduce our country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent and many homeowners are picking up the challenge. More information on how to increase the value of your home can be found at www.royallepage.ca.