Go Green And Save Money When Remodeling

You know that “going green” is a huge trend now, and the buzz words associated with green building are everywhere, even more so in Boulder, but did you know that this can save you money on your remodeling project?

When you’re ready to get straight answers to your questions about green building and remodeling, buying and selling real estate, or the local Boulder area real estate market, call or email me for honest input.

Being careful with the earth’s resources can be good financially. Some products that seem like a good financial choice up front (cheaper to buy), may not be the best solution for your wallet when you factor in the operating costs.

One of the most obvious examples that many of us know about is the comparison between ‘regular’ incandescent light bulbs versus compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Here’s a sample difference. One $5.00 compact florescent bulb will last as long as $6.50 worth of the old-fashioned incandescent bulbs. Not a big difference you say? True, but when you add in the operating cost, the 13 or 14 incandescent bulbs will cost you about $30 to $35 more in electricity to run over the 11,000 or so hours that the compact florescent will cost you.

Here’s some other ideas to help you save money and be more green at the same time:

Reduce Waste During Construction. The more materials you save and reuse, the less you have to spend on purchasing new products, and the more you keep out of the landfill.

Save Natural Resources. Talk to your contractor about using recycled materials when available. There are an incredible number of resources in most metropolitan areas for recycled building materials. Locally we have two that come to mind: The Center for Resource Conservation store in East Boulder off 63rd, and the Flatiron Habitat For Humanity ReStore in Broomfield.

Save Water and Energy. Use energy-efficient “Energy Star” appliances and consider alternative energy sources such as wind and solar. Yep, even a Photo Voltaic system can save you money and completely repay you for itself in as little as six to seven years. Landscaping with native plants that don’t need supplemental watering and fertilizing will save you money and water.

Cut Your Costs. When you do a remodeling project, focus on using the best energy-efficient appliances, lights, and other systems. Simply updating to modern technology, combined with upgraded weatherization and insulation will save you money, make your home more comfortable, and improve the resale value of your home.

When you want to talk more about your plans for remodeling, buying or selling a home, or just the local real estate market, call or email me and we’ll talk on your terms!

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One Response to “Go Green And Save Money When Remodeling”

  1. Baton Rouge, La Stucco Company on April 17th, 2009 9:33 am

    Great blog about CO real estate! Using recycled materials and longer lasting materials is always a good investment in your home.

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