Why Go Green?

The beautiful thing about the word "green"is that it captures two of the most important things that most people care about: their health, and their money. Your home and health are your biggest assets, so it makes sense to invest in it wisely. Green investments are some of the best you can make for both, and Meghan is your go-to person to help make these forward-thinking decisions.

Why Go Green?


LOWER ENERGY BILLS

Green means better insulation, tight ductwork, sealed doors and windows, efficient heating and cooling, efficient lighting and appliances. All of those together pay us back over time with lower electric and gas bills.


LOWER WATER BILLS

Green means low flow faucets and showerheads, dual flush toilets, efficient irrigation systems, and managing the storm water on site — all of which lead to lower water bills.


INDOOR AIR QUALITY

Green means sustainable design and technology unite to enhance a resident's overall quality of life by improving air and water quality and reducing noise pollution.


A MORE DURABLE HOME

Green means quality building that lasts longer than a comparable product. Over time, you save money in maintenance and replacement costs by increasing the longevity of your home.


HOME VALUE & SALABILITY

Green means increasing the sales price of your home and using its sustainability as a marketing tool to get your home noticed. Finally, homeowners can benefit from the many tax credits and incentives for going green.

Three basic ways to make your home greener.

While the term "green building" may bring to mind such extreme tactics as harnessing wind power or lining our roofs with solar panels, it's actually much simpler than that. It's essentially building with the future in mind. For the homeowner, this means keeping an eye toward future energy use, utility bills and the comfort and health of occupants.

This is done by tightening up the house so that valuable heated or cooled air isn't escaping unintentionally. It can also be accomplished through the use of more efficient lighting, updated appliances and simple changes to your heating and cooling systems.
This could include water-efficient fixtures, native landscaping and ecologically responsible materials that minimize your carbon footprint.
Healthy homes are those that contain fewer pollutants and cleaner air for occupants; they also release fewer chemicals to the outside in the form of off-gassing. You can create a healthy home by increasing ventilation and by paying attention to the materials that make up your furnishings, flooring and wall coverings.
Every day we are paying more for energy than we should due to poor insulation, inefficient lights, appliances, and heating and cooling equipment - money we could save by investing in energy efficiency.


As an EcoBroker®, Meghan Sickner is committed to helping buyers and sellers create healthier, more efficient living spaces. This premier designation is an environmental and energy education program for forward-thinking real estate agents, awarded by the Association of Energy and Environment Real Estate Professionals.




Meghan’s specialized training equips you with the newest topics in real estate, such as “green” home certification programs like Energy Star® Qualified Homes, energy-efficiency, and environmentally-sensitive design. The EcoBroker designation assists real estate agents in working through issues that may arise in any real estate transaction, such as mold, radon, and poor indoor air quality, providing real solutions that save money, improve health and reduce our carbon footprint.

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