“Then my people will live in a peaceful surrounding, and in secure dwellings, and in undisturbed resting places.” – Isaiah 32:18
Summer break is over, school is back in session (in class or online), and the Labor Day projects are here. It must be September. Since we have been spending a lot more time at home, you might have gotten a jump start on those projects but we’re still in hurricane season and winter is coming. We’ve heard a lot about self-care to sustain our mental, emotional, and physical health. Let’s talk about sustainable home care.
Sustainable House Day is September 20th. Tiny homes might be all the rage but making any home more environmentally friendly and sustainable means they are more energy-efficient and comfortable. Simple adjustments can make a huge difference in helping the environment and your wallet.
ENERGY: Using solar or wind power for all or part of your energy is wonderful but not in everyone’s budget. Switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, energy star appliances, and programable thermostats help keep your home efficient. Turning off lights and fans when leaving a room, replacing your air filter monthly, and adjusting the temperature by 2-3 degrees are a few more ways to save your wallet while helping the planet.
WATER: Water consumption and conservation is important. Low-flow showerheads save water and energy. Use a rain barrel to collect the rain and use it for your landscape and garden. Replacing old toilets with low or dual flushing models can have up to 70% savings in water usage. Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they’re full.
BUILDING MATERIALS AND METHODS: Choose sustainable materials and methods when building or remodeling. A home energy assessment can determine where your home needs improvement and many power companies provide the service for free. Fixing leaks, caulking windows, servicing your HVAC, and checking your roof insulation can keep your home running optimally.
As we start thinking about autumn, regardless of the Florida weather, remember to stop for school buses and help keep the kids that are going back to their classes as safe as we can. Have a great September.
Your Pet-Friendly Realtor
Christine Elias, GRI, ABR, SRS, MRP, ESA
Coldwell Banker of Winter Park