Going green is great for the environment, but that’s not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings.
Solar panels:The upfront cost is big, but the long-term savings are huge. Solar panels will cost several thousand dollars to install, but ongoing maintenance costs are very low, and a typical system could save you hundreds of dollars per year. You can even sell your surplus electricity.
Wood furnace:Wood-burning furnaces are relatively inexpensive, and though the yearly savings aren’t as dramatic (about 10% on heating bills), it adds up over the long run.
Insulation:There’s a good chance your insulation isn’t very efficient, especially in older homes. Look into installing floor, cavity, wall, and loft insulation to reduce your heating bills.
Rain barrels:Rain barrels are extremely inexpensive, and provide gallons of free water to use when you wash your car or water your garden.
Geothermal system:OK, so the price tag is scary at first. A geothermal system uses the earth’s temperature to heat and cool your home, but can cost $30,000 to install. But tax credits allow you to get a lot of that money back, and the energy savings average about $1,900 per year. If you plan to be in your home for a decade or two, it’s a great investment.
Chris Grenko epitomizes integrity, dedication and creativity in every detail of your Real Estate transaction. Chris grew up Chicago and began his sales habit at the age of 11 selling the local newspaper. He moved to the Phoenix area in 1997 to enjoy the beautiful weather in the Valley of the Sun and everything it has to offer. He has worked closely with sellers, buyers and investors over the years. Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four children, and an avid athlete who enjoys golf and hockey. He uses his experience and foresight to proactively address issues before they become problems. Chris and his team work diligently, from the first phone call to the closing date.