January 21, 2020

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Every homeowner wants to increase the value of their property, but not everyone knows exactly how to go about doing it. There are a lot of labor-intensive ways of improving your home, but most homeowners do not have the luxury of time or budget to dedicate to those projects. Here are some easy tips for making sure your home doesn’t just rise in value, but lowers its environmental footprint, as well.

Get the LED In

More and more homeowners are switching to LED bulbs and fixtures, and it’s easy to see why. LEDs generate brighter light and last longer than regular bulbs. They also use light more efficiently and cut down on energy costs. Housing values can be heavily influenced by the trappings the home features, so having a convenient and efficient lighting system installed will definitely be a boon for your property.

Invest in Insulation

Proper insulation is an underrated component of high-value homeownership. Good insulation lasts for decades, if not generations. It also helps the gas, electricity, and air conditioning move more efficiently throughout your home, which keeps the bills down. There’s never been a better time to invest in this aspect of your house!

Make the Exterior as Impressive as the Interior

Your home’s exterior is the first thing visitors (and prospective buyers) are going to see, so it’s important that you keep the outside of your house looking well-managed as a way of enticing others. The ease with which you can keep your lawn looking its best is heavily dependent on the climate in which your home is located in and the season of the year. If you live in a dry climate, for example, you may benefit from a smart irrigation system that keeps your landscaping looking healthy and well cared for without constant attention or causing your water bill to skyrocket. There are many steps you can take to care for your lawn and garden and make sure your home will always make a good first impression all year ‘round.

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Perform an Energy Audit

An energy audit is a process that determines in which areas your home is spending the most energy, and what are the best steps to take to make it more efficient.. This review will give you needed advice on how to maximize your home’s safety, comfort and environmental impact, which will make it a much more desirable commodity in the long run.

Get a Thermostat You Can Set and Forget

Does your energy bill climb along with summer temperatures in an effort to keep the house cool when no one is home? Does your house get a little too warm in the winter before the furnace finally shuts off? Consider installing a programmable thermostat. With a programmable thermostat, you can let your house get a little warmer in the summer when no one is home and turn the air conditioning on just in time for the workday to end. This can save you money on your energy bill, make your house more comfortable, and result in a more efficient heating and cooling system.

Windows to the Soul (and Home)

Your windows play a gigantic role in determining how much, and with what level of efficiency, light, and heat makes its way into your house. All frames and panes are not created equal, so doing a little bit of research about the best kinds of windows to invest in to make your home a better place to live will save you a world of hassle over time. 

Make Your Voice Heard

Do you have any of your own tips and tricks for how to increase a home’s value while decreasing its energy costs? Sound off in the comments below to share some of the ways you’ve come up with for how to make your house environmentally friendly and financially sound at the same time.

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Katie Tejada, Guest Poster

Katie Tejada is a writer, editor, and former HR professional. She enjoys writing about events, travel, decorating trends, and innovations for the home, but also covers developments in HR, business communication, recruiting, real estate, finance, law, and investing.