going green

In today’s day and age we hear a lot about “going green”, but what does that exactly mean? The popular term is used to describe the lifestyle process of people who make daily life decisions based on the impact their actions have on global warming, pollution and other environmental issues and concerns. Going green could mean recycling and reusing products, using products that are environmentally friendly, and living more sustainably.

Not only is going green good for the environment, it can help you increase the resale value of your home. The newest craze when it comes to environmentally friendly issues is “green” homes. According to the National Association of Home Builders, close to 90% of people buying homes believe that energy efficiency is a very important factor when looking for the right home to purchase.

Going green can seem like a tiresome challenge, but a little bit of change can go a long way. Getting rid of energy hogging appliances can be a low cost way to increase the value of your home.
Here are some things you can do to increase energy efficiency in your home:

  • Purchase only Energy Star rated appliances– Get rid of energy hogging appliances. Make sure to look at Energy Star-certified appliances that will use less energy and are a lot more efficient to operate. These appliances can be up to 50% more efficient than regular models. Purchasing a tank-less water heater will save you even more.
  • Insulation– a well-insulated home will save you money because both your air conditioning and heater won’t have to work as hard to keep the right kind of air in your home. Many people looking to buy a home consider this a big selling point.
  • Research and purchase the highest efficiency HVAC system– make sure it is the correct size for the area you want to condition
  • Purchase WaterSense approved products– products with a WaterSense label have been certified to save water, energy and money
  • When you make changes like these in your home, be sure to compare the utility bills so you can show the difference to your real estate agent. Remember, even though it’s great that “going green” can save you money, it’s also about being energy efficient and preserving the earth. You’re making an all-around difference!

    Gillece is proud to be conscientious and caring neighbors within Pittsburgh and its surrounding environment. We take responsibility for our actions and guard against potential ramifications to our environment within our communities. Our technicians are “green screened” contractors meaning we honor the challenges of protecting the environment by offering homeowners products and services that can improve the energy efficiency of their home and educate them about environmental and savings benefits of having a “green” home. Want to learn more? Call us at 412.347.5444!

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