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Making Your Home Eco-Friendly

by Courtney Banks 06/16/2019

When it comes to sustainable living and environmental conservation, everyone has a little part to play. With an eco-friendlier home, you can save water, save energy, save money and ultimately save the environment. All these without compromising beauty or quality. Here are a few ideas on making your home a little eco-friendlier that you may want to try out this year.

  1. Change the Lighting. Whenever possible, lower energy uses by using natural sunlight, especially during the day. Install skylights in rooms that have no windows so more sunlight gets in. Remember to turn off the lights as you exit a room. And for maximum impact, replace all electrical bulbs with LED lights. They use less energy than regular bulbs and also last longer, saving you a lot of money in the long run.
  2. Use water efficient shower heads and faucets. They will save you a lot of money in both water and heating bills because they reduce the amount of hot water you will use every day. Limit the time you spend in the bath too. Use the shower every day and save the bathtub for when you really need it. You can also save water by fixing water leaks in pipes and faucets or appliances like the heater and washing machine as soon as you notice them.
  3. Update your electrical appliances to energy efficient models. Using old appliances in your home because they still work might not necessarily be saving money because the newer models of common appliances like dishwashers and microwave ovens are designed to use less energy. Larger appliances will help you save even more money.
  4. Save energy on your laundry. Do your laundry with cold water instead of hot water. Wait for a full load of clothes before you decide to use the washing machine to save on water and energy. Where possible such as during the summer months, skip the dryer and dry your clothes on a line outside. They dry just as well.
  5. Invest in solar panels. If it’s well within your budget, you might consider investing in solar panels. Although you may think the initial outlay a bit expensive, you will be able to save money in the long term and probably make some by generating electricity for others. Several local and state governments give credits for installing solar panels, find out if you are eligible from your neighborhood association.

Some eco-friendly ideas can significantly increase the value of your home. Talk to your real estate professional about the best options for your area and budget.

About the Author
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Courtney Banks

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Courtney moved to the Bay Area in 2008 to attend the University of San Francisco where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communication and her Master’s Degree in Education. Previously, she taught Kindergarten at Lafayette Elementary school.

One of the things that originally drew Courtney to the beautiful city of San Francisco was her love of the unique city architecture. Living here for 10 years has allowed her to explore, experience, and live in multiple neighborhoods throughout the city (and bay area), including; The Outer Richmond, Pan Handle, Marina, North Beach, Presidio and even Sausalito. Her variety of neighborhood knowledge makes her a great resource for your buying or selling needs!

Through her teaching career, Courtney has developed a great sense of patience, understanding, and creativity in problem-solving. These skills allow her to build meaningful relationships with clients to serve them in any of their real estate needs. She understands that buying or selling a home is a personal and often, emotional process and she will be there to support her clients in finding their perfect solution.

Courtney loves to take advantage of all that San Francisco has to offer, especially the food! She enjoys staying active and hiking with her dog in beautiful Marin, or strolling through different neighborhoods in search of the newest bakeries!

In working with Courtney, you will get someone who will listen to your wants and needs, who will go to bat for you, and who will be patient and understanding throughout this personal journey.