Row of blue solar panels on orange roof. Group of blue solar collectors with orange roof tiles. It's a photo of my own roof in the netherlands. In my country there is a enough sun to make electricity. The equipment stands on a steep flat roof with orange roof tiles. The panels have the same beautiful blue color as the sky. from the attic level you can view the street with trees on the ground.

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 7:00 am by & filed under Selling your Home.

Give your home the modern edge it deserves.

Adding energy-efficient features can help improve the value and function of your home, and benefit the planet too! Green home features are, undoubtedly, the way of the future. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to save money on their energy bill while helping the planet at the same time?

Keep reading to learn about some of the best ways to upgrade your home with environmentally-friendly features, all while adhering to a modest budget.

Insulate the Attic

Who would have thought that something as simple as insulating the attic would help cut energy costs and benefit the environment? In as little as one weekend, you can have your attic fully insulated and start saving costs on your energy bill almost immediately.

This insulation will help maintain the internal temperature of your home, keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Without insulation, chances are your furnace or central air system will be constantly fighting the losing battle of regulating the internal temperature.

Green Landscape Design

The right landscaping strategy can absolutely help the environment. Plants and trees can help improve the quality of the air, offer your home shade from the sun in the summer and provide shelter for wildlife. Not to mention that a stylish landscape design can greatly improve curb appeal.

Add the following to the landscape of your property before listing your home for sale:

  • Flower gardens
  • Trees
  • Walkways
  • Mulch
  • Bushes
  • Bird feeders
  • Bird baths

Further improve the eco-friendliness of your lawn and garden with all-natural fertilizer, soil, weed control and insect control products.

Water Conservation

Sometimes turning off the tap while brushing your teeth just isn’t enough to conserve water. The installation of features like low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators can greatly help limit the amount of water being used, while not affecting the functionality.

Watch for sales at your local home improvement store and seek assistance if you’re unsure of how to do the installation yourself. Most of these features are easily installed, but you’re better safe than sorry.

Solar Power Features

Solar power has become increasingly popular and common in modern times. There is a wide variety of solar-powered features that can be installed in your home.

  • Security lighting
  • Exterior lighting
  • Water fountains
  • Glow stones
  • House numbers
  • Generator
  • Pool heating cover
  • Window blinds

Of course, you can always install solar panels on the roof of your house. Although these can prove to be a significant investment, they offer a wonderful long-term benefit.

Heated Driveway

Forget using salt to melt the snow away during long, cold Canadian winters. Heated driveways melt the snow as it falls and ice as it builds up, eliminating the need to shovel or sprinkle salt. Not only can salt be harmful to your vehicle, but it can cause harm to the environment as well.

Road salt can affect the water quality, damage roadways, erode soil, harm nearby vegetation, and even affect wildlife. The salt can irritate and even burn the paws of dogs, raccoons, squirrels, and other wildlife. By switching to a heated driveway, you can skip the road salt and shovel altogether!

Real Estate in Hamilton and Burlington

For more information about listing your home in Hamilton, Burlington and surrounding areas, get in touch with our experts at The Woolcott Team today. We can help you determine which environmentally-friendly features would best help update your home to sell quickly and for the best price possible.

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