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Save Money by Being Environmentally Conscious

Staying Out of the Red by Going Green: How Businesses Actually Save Money by Being Environmentally Conscious

This was written by Miles Hall of businessbroker.net.

The going green initiative has been well under way for a few years now, but many businesses – small and large – are still hesitant to join the movement. They often assume that going green is synonymous with spending more money when this simply not the case. Businesses that cut down on carbon emissions and energy usage may have to purchase new products that are more efficient, but these end up paying for themselves in the long run due to lower operating costs. When it comes to our planet, every little bit helps so even seemingly small steps can add up to big benefits for businesses and the environment.

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Cut Out Expensive and Damaging Commutes

For many offices, employees commuting to work are the biggest negative impact the company has on the environment. One vehicle can produce tons of damaging carbon dioxide emissions per year and this compounds when every employee is driving one vehicle to the same place day in and day out. Setting up a commuting policy can drastically reduce the number of vehicles that a company is putting onto the road every day, and employees end up saving a lot of money as well. Better yet, if a business can implement telecommuting options it can reduce carbon emissions even further and save more money. An employee base that telecommutes means that the company can reduce its office size and save money with utilities, leases, and printing.

Video Conferencing

A simple fact of the matter is that businesses no longer need to send employees flying around the world for every meeting. Obviously face to face meetings are still needed, especially with building inspections and the like, but more often than not video conferencing can serve the same purpose without relying on air travel that is damaging to the atmosphere. Technology is advancing at such a rate that there are few drawbacks to using phone or videoconferencing over travel. Businesses save money by avoiding expensive travel arrangements and save immense amount of their employees’ time.

Try to Go Paperless by Utilizing Cloud Storage and Using Efficient Printers

Businesses are one of the key culprits in paper waste but there are steps they can take to cut down on paper usage. Cloud storage technologies allow for large amounts of data to be saved and accessed from any location with an internet connection. This means employees or clients can merely download any files they need without having to have a hard copy sent to them. Of course, hard copies are unavoidable in an office but by purchasing a quality laser printer offices can efficiently print large quantities. Recycling and using recycled laser cartridges further cuts down on cost and environmental impact.

Smart Power Strips, Efficient Lighting

More steps can be taken around the office to insure that the workplace is using energy efficiently. Plugging computers and appliances into smart power strips keeps these products from using electricity when they are not being used. After everyone clocks out the power strips can tell that the devices are no longer being used and can disconnect from the outlet automatically. This keeps appliances and electronics from using “vampire power” which can add up to a big electric bill for larger offices. Efficient lighting techniques can also add up to huge savings. Placing automatic dimmers than turn off lights when no one is present, or dim the lights when there is enough natural lighting, can help to save up to 30% on energy costs.

These are in no way the only ways businesses can help save money, and the planet. The important factor is realizing that going green does not equal higher operating costs; the opposite is almost always true. Not only do businesses save money, but they also increase their public image and their employees pride in the company.

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Make Your Office More Eco-Friendly

10 Things to Ditch to Make Your Office More Eco-Friendly

This was written by Maria Samuels, a designer at In Style Modern Furniture.

The office is meant to be a safe place where people can focus on their work and increase their productivity. Such is the reason for strict adherence to safety measures and ways to make it a work-efficient place. There is always the misconception that workplaces with productions lines such as factories and packaging are the only ones in need of safety standards. The average office may not have the heavy machinery of the manufacturing section, but it only means that there are so many things that office workers take for granted. These seemingly-insignificant things can actually be hazardous not only to health but to the environment in the long run. Below is a checklist for you to start on, to see if your workplace is safe not just for people but for the whole planet as well. After all, even small things can have a serious impact on the planet and on all living things if left unaddressed.

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1. CRT computer monitors – Cathode ray tube desktop monitors use a lot more power than liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors. It also has more parts and components made of hazardous substances such as lead and mercury. LCD monitors are 66% energy-efficient, generates less heat, takes up less space and has low-intensity lighting that is easy on the eyes.

2. Old freon-based refrigerators and air conditioners – Aside from freon being phased out and banned in the manufacture of new refrigerators, emission of CFCs (chlorofluocarbons) contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer. You may think that, by using an old refrigerator your office, you are saving money, but the long-term effects are critical and can cause dire consequences for your health and the environment. New refrigerators use tetrafluoroethane, a less harmful ingredient than freon, and are designed to use less energy than their old counterparts.

3. Aerosol sprays – the use of CFCs in aerosol spray may have been phased out, but hydrocarbons in spray cans are still an environmental and health hazard, as these may not damage the ozone layer but still contributes to air pollution. You can replace them with refillable spray bottles made from 25% recyclable plastic.

4. Incandescent light bulbs – It is a proven fact that compact fluorescent lamps and LED-based lighting consume significantly less electricity than traditional incandescents. CFLs and LED lights may cost more, but you don’t just save energy and money, you lessen the environmental impact that energy consumption causes. A 6W LED lamp can give as much light as a 60W incandescent without the energy expense.

5. Disposable styrofoam cups – The polystyrene material in the disposable cups we use in the office water cooler may be easy to recycle, but it presents both health and environmental hazards as it can release hydrocarbons, which contributes to air pollution. Encourage office staff to bring their own drinking mugs to work and create group awareness about how seemingly small actions can produce ecological concerns.

6. Non-recyclable printer ink and toner cartridges – These items tend to contribute massively to landfill waste, not to mention that manufacturing them releases greenhouse gases. Petroleum-based printer products are also toxic. Use refillable cartridges and vegetable oil-based printer ink.

7. Toxic cleaning products – Items like disinfectants and antiseptics may be useful in eliminating germs and disease in the office, but these cleaning products are also harmful to you and the environment. Their residues can be ingested or inhaled, cause skin irritation and poisoning, and when washed down the drain into the town sewage system, can easily pollute the water and soil. Replace them with plant-based and water-based cleaning agents.

8. Unhealthy office food items – Vending machines and the office pantry are often filled with junk food, candies and other items contained in non-biodegradable wrappers and packaging. Not only is it a source of excessive amounts of trash and is cause for health concerns, consumption of junk food also puts a strain on Mother Earth. Junk food manufacturers acquire cheap bulk ingredients from factory farming industries that use huge amounts of pesticides, fertilizers and petroleum, both for making plastic wrappers and fuel used for shipping these items. Do a petition and ask your office managers to have healthy options during meetings, office parties and potlucks. Order more organic food and, if possible, vegetarian items at least twice a week. Not only are you helping officemates to be healthy, you’ll be contributing less to the human carbon footprint.

9. Plastic-based office supplies – Instead of using plastic folders, binders, envelopes, mousepads, and table mats, why not opt for recycled paper products? Plastic office items tend to mostly end up in the trash bin and are difficult to recycle. Manufacturing plastic items also uses massive amounts of petroleum-based materials and can contribute to pollution during factory production and excessive energy consumption when shipping.

10.Bottled water – Instead of keeping bottled water in the office pantry or having them on vending machines, install a water dispenser and ask everyone to bring their own drinking mugs. Not only do you save money, you also prevent accumulation of office trash due to empty plastic bottles. Less plastic bottles to manufacture, the better for the environment.

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Reduce Your Company’s Carbon Footprint

Easy Ways to Reduce Your Company’s Carbon Footprint

This was written by Tom Clark writing on behalf of  http://www.gomobilize.co.uk/.

It is becoming common knowledge that companies that are aware of what makes a ‘sustainable business’ are becoming more popular with existing customers as well as prospective customers. This awareness, although positive, forward-thinking and admirable, is often not executed with any conviction and is more an encouraging label than a reality.

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The key to making this label a reality is finding ways to implement techniques that will reduce the company’s carbon footprint whilst not negatively affecting the business.  With all this in mind I introduce 6 ways to reduce your company’s carbon footprint and make it a more sustainable business.

What is Your Current Carbon Consumption?

You can hire a professional to calculate your emissions or get the manager to make this conscious effort over the course of one day. Once you have an idea about your carbon consumption you can begin to move forwards. By understanding the present number of greenhouse gases generated you can make a progressive strategy that will work for you.

Simple Steps towards Reducing the Carbon Footprint

There are many simple steps you can take towards this long-term goal, including closing windows, knowing when to use the central heating, and using fluorescent light bulbs instead of the incandescent ones. Using these energy saving bulbs also saves you money, could there be any more incentive to use them?

Turning off Electrical Devices

If you can make it a habit to turn off devices when you are not using them it will have a big impact over time. Even better, inspire your workmates to do the same and the behavior manifests until it is a habit and becomes normal.  Try turning off your monitor when you go to lunch instead of letting it eventually go onto a screensaver. At the end of the day make sure to turn switches off at the wall for your various devices such as the kettle, microwave and of course switch all the lights out. Quite often people have a misconception about standby mode; this still uses energy and it is not a great deal of effort to press switches and unplug at the wall instead. If you monitor the difference on your electricity bill on a month-on-month basis you may get a surprise once you have implemented this simple technique.

Fresh Fruit and Veg

One of the harder techniques to implement is the idea of promoting healthy eating in the office and the presence of fresh fruit and vegetables. It is becoming increasingly popular in offices with many companies even using it as a selling point in recruitment situations. The benefits here are the increased natural energy levels, resulting in higher natural output and less use of the kettle!

Working from Home

It can be a hard one for bosses to come to terms with, but allowing your employees to work at home when necessary is a great way to reduce emissions. With the increasingly wide and efficient variety of ways for a team to communicate remotely, it is worth considering. It is also popular with the employees and can replace conventional monthly special days such as casual dress code day.

Track Your Progress

It is a process just like making your lifestyle healthier, it has to be checked up on until lit is a habit, the way in which you function out of choice. By monitoring and reporting to the team on a monthly basis, you will get an idea of how well you are doing and your team will feel motivated by the results. Consider incentivising the process with an extra work at home day awarded to the most actively engaged team member. However, remember that the process has to work for you in the long run and eventually passively work for the business.

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Eco Friendly Environment for Your Nursery

How to Make an Eco Friendly Environment for Your Nursery

This was written by Alyssa Clarke of Born Rich.

Once you become a mother, you will need to take care of very minute things related to the health of your baby, ranging from clothes to toys, from cots to linens. Here we shall be discussing about the things you need to keep in mind while setting up a nursery for your child. Not only should the nursery be safe, it should be Eco-friendly as well. Making the environment in which your baby lives healthy and Eco-friendly shall help in his/her healthy development. To fulfill this purpose, you need to keep some things in mind while buying things for your little one. These include the furniture, the mattress, the linen and the toys.

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The furniture of your baby wouldn’t include many things. All that you need to buy especially for your baby is the cot. Cot is the baby’s bed where he/she shall be sleeping until the age of two and spending most of his/her time until they start off to walk or crawl. In the cot, the baby spends the maximum part of his/her development years. A cot is also the first thing which your baby will start chewing when he/she is teething. That is why special attention is to be paid while buying a cot. Firstly, it should not be made from any toxic wood or be painted by toxic paints. Secondly, it should have safety latches and the bars should not be far apart, so as to prevent the baby’s legs or arms from getting stuck in between them. You should avoid getting carried away by the beautiful designs and colors of the cots as the paint and lacquer in them can be quite harmful for your child. Thus, make sure that your baby’s cot is made from non-toxic wood and varnished with non-toxic paint.

The second thing you should pay attention to is the mattress. Common mattresses are generally made up of synthetic fibers and harsh metal springs. Moreover, these mattresses are sprayed with a multitude of strong chemicals and disinfectants that can be quite dangerous for your kid, who is used to with sleeping on this mattress. Just leave these ones behind and opt for the mattresses made from natural organic fibers, which will also help your baby in regulating his/her, body temperature during all seasons.

Next comes the linen of your baby. Linen is such an important thing when it comes to your baby’s safety. It is another thing which stays in touch with your baby’s body most of the time. So you need to be very choosy while shopping for all these things. Using organic linen wherever possible in advisable, but try to make use of more sustainable fibers like bamboo, cotton and wool.

Finally, you should take ample care about the toys with which you baby has been playing. Toys made of plastic can be the worst ones for the health of your baby. Plastic is one of the most toxic elements on earth and should be evaded by young, old and especially the little ones. For this reason always avoid plastic and go for bamboo or wooden toys instead with non-toxic paint.

With these easy to follow tips, you can surely succeed in the build-up of a healthy and Eco-friendly home environment for your baby.

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Eco-Friendly Printing Tips

Eco-Friendly Printing Tips

This was written by Veronica Pamoukaghlian of Print Ninja.

Some people claim that the greenest page of all is the page that never gets printed at all. However, there is a noble and comfortable quality to paper that makes us think that the future is more in print optimization than in abandoning printing altogether.

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Companies today need to strive for a sustainable printing environment. The first concern is reducing print volumes, naturally, but then, recycling paper, optimizing the use of the printed page and utilizing eco-friendly systems and paper for printing are none the less important.

Paper does not only consume trees. The paper industry is one of the largest consumers of water and energy worldwide, thus the environmental impact of printing is more dramatic than it may seem at first-hand.

Education

In the US, the average student is said to generate more than a hundred pounds of paper waste every year. The recycling of this waste is of the essence, but improving practices in order to generate less waste is equally important.

Schools and colleges rely heavily on printing, but they are also the places where kids and young people can learn good eco-printing practices, a paradox that the modern world needs to resolve, in order to achieve a more sustainable existence.

Best Practices

Double-sided printing is one of the simplest ways to conserve paper. Assessing the real impact and the environmental footprint of our printing activities is also key, especially in the case of companies and organizations.

The quality and kind of printing products and practices you use are important as well. For example, limiting in-house printing and hiring an eco-friendly printing company to take care of your essentials is a good idea, if you don´t have the infrastructure to ensure that all your practices and products are 100% green. Likewise, printing with soy ink on recycled paper is much less harmful for the environment than using oil-based inks. In fact, several printer manufacturers such as Samsung, are putting out eco-friendly printers more often every day.

On the one hand, you need to make sure that all of your equipment meets eco-label criteria, and on the other hand, you can always buy green recycled paper instead of white paper that requires thousands of trees to be cut off to achieve that perfect whiteness we have become so used to.

Prioritizing is one of the key aspects of going green when it comes to printing. For example, when you absolutely must print something, it is always a good idea to do so in a way that you know your printed paper will have another use next.

Last but not least, paper is so flexible and colourful sometimes that it can be used to create awesome crafts and decorations, mutating into all kinds of beautiful/useful objects. Check out cheapideas.com´s Recycled paper section for some fabulous paper craft ideas.

Adopting more eco-friendly printing practices is one of the simplest, most effective things you can do to contribute to the sustainability of our planet´s ecosystems.

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Going Green Can Support Local Businesses

How Going Green Can Support Local Businesses

This guest post is by GR8Fires.

Local businesses are struggling just as much as everyone else at the moment. As much as we’d all love to support local firms, it often conflicts with our environmental beliefs or our bank balance. Here’s a few new schemes and products that can help your local community and the planet all in one go.

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At Work

JogPost made a good first impression when they managed to get all of the notoriously austere dragons to invest on BBC’s Dragon’s Den.

They offer leaflet delivery and courier services – powered entirely by their joggers – in most cities for big names like Pizza Hut and The NHS. If they can be trusted to deliver in bustling, Olympic London, just think what they can do for you.

As if all that wasn’t enough, JogPost work with The Eden Reforestation Project and plant a tree for every 1000 leaflets they deliver.

In The Home

Installing an alternative heating source can cut your bills dramatically and help support local industry.

Visiting local timber yards and construction companies for cheap, discarded wood for a wood burning stove is far preferable to giving your money to Oil and Gas companies. The growing demand for wood burners and multifuel stoves are also behind a boost in business for Chimney Sweeps.

On The Go

A rather unusual alternative to Taxis is taking off in some of the bigger cities. If you’re visiting London or Edinburgh you can get where you need to be by rickshaw, cutting emissions and putting some cash into a struggling student’s pocket at the same time.

A lot of workplaces support a ‘Bike 2 Work‘ Scheme which means you can fit some extra exercise into your daily routine and get a discount on a new bike and all the equipment you need at a local bike supplier.

Shopping

The best and easiest way to get involved with recycled clothes is to donate to and from charity shops. The recent M&S and Oxfam Schwopping campaign, which encouraged customers buying an item to donate one, was a great success with over 500,000 items exchanged in six weeks.

All the big supermarkets offer delivery shops, but your local stores often offer similar services. By phoning in your order you can get groceries delivered to your door along with your neighbours, turning 5 or 6 car journeys into just one.

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Eco-Friendly Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Eco-Friendly Kitchen Remodeling Tips

This was written by Kelli Cooper of Smart Pack Kit kitchen renovations.

As environmental problems are gaining greater attention and awareness, there is a push to be more eco-friendly in all areas of life. There are lots of ways for the average individual to be greener and how we design our homes can have a major impact on how good a friend we are being to the environment. If you are thinking of remodeling your kitchen and you want a more environmentally-consious design, here are some tips to help you design a beautiful , greener kitchen.

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Choose Eco-Friendly Flooring and Cabinet Materials

The materials we choose in our remodeling efforts is one of the most important decisions we make in terms of being more environmentally friendly; we want to choose products that do not harm the environment and/or are highly sustainable. Bamboo is a great choice for floors or countertops—this highly sustainable grass is not only durable, it is a great choice for people with allergies and other respiratory illnesses since it discourages the growth of bacteria and other irritants. You will be able to achieve the look of wood without contributing to the cutting-down of valuable trees. Cork is another great flooring choice while some good counterop materials include recycled glass in a concrete mix, stained concrete and indigenous stone.

Get Energy-Efficient Appliances

Conserving electricity will not only help you be green, it will help you save some green on your utility bills. Look for appliances with the ‘’Energy Star’’ label; these products have been evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency and to gain the designation, they must meet certain standards of energy efficiency, provide similar levels of performance as conventional products and if they cost more than their conventional counterparts, the cost savings must be enough that you would recoup the costs in a reasonable amount of time. By choosing more energy-efficient appliances, you not only conserve electricity, you are reducing the amount of green house gases and other pollutants produced from inefficient energy use.

Get a More Energy-Efficient Stove

Stoves that use induction heating are very eco-friendly; since they heat up faster and cook food faster, they are using less enery on two fronts. These stoves use electricity to create a magnetic field that interacts with the ferric content in various types of cookware; this encourages the movement of molecules, which produces heat.

Install an Under-the-Counter Water Purifier

This tip may not apply to your kitchen directly, but it sure is eco-friendly when you consider the astronomical amount of waste created from drinking bottled water. An under-the-counter water purifer is 10 times more effective at filtering bacteria, pesticides and heavy metal than a purifier connected to your faucet. It may seem pricier at 150 to 200 dollars for a filter, but considering what we pay for bottled water, you will reap savings over the long-term.

Reuse Anything You Can

Before totally gutting your kitchen and buying new everything, look around and see what can be salvaged or repurposed for something else. Maybe you do not need new cabinets and refinishing them will give you the look you want. Maybe that old wardrobe in the attic can make a good pantry. If you need new materials for anything, look in salvage yards for any materials you can use in your remodeling efforts—for example, old pine beams can be used to put down new flooring.

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Tips For Water Conservation

Everyday Simple Tips For Water Conservation

This was written by Victor Daily of Domestic Water Meters.

Water is a precious commodity! Everybody is aware of that. But how many individuals actually do their part to save water in their homes on a daily basis? The importance of presence of water in our everyday lives is felt only when we face acute water shortage. But when the water supply is restored, everything gets forgotten pretty quickly. Well, there are several ways to preserve water in our daily lives as well as reducing wastage. Each drop counts and any little effort to conserve water will help in the long run.

Here are some tips on water preservation.

– You can start from the bathroom. Put a bucket underneath your shower, which would store excess water dripping from the shower. You can use this in watering your garden. You may also set shower head flow to an ultra-low mode. This will save you a couple of gallons of water each minute. Shower for a short period, whenever possible.

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- You can have a toilet displacement device installed to cut down on the amount of water required to flush the toilet. To achieve this, put a gallon plastic-jug in the tank. Make sure the installation doesn’t obstruct the operating parts.

- One of the common and annoying habits noticed in many people is the tendency of not turning off faucet when shaving or brushing. Therefore, the next time you shave or brush, turn off your tap when not required.

- If you have to utilize a dishwasher, then use it only when it’s fully loaded. Moreover, select the light wash mode, which would guarantee less water usage.

- Vegetables that need cleaning could be washed in a pot that’s filled with water. On the other hand, holding it under running water would only lead to more water wastage. The water used in washing vegetables can be used to water the garden.

- Try to use the same glass for drinking water every day. This will minimize the number of crockery to be washed throughout the day.

- Dirty pans and dishes should never be put under running water. Scrub the leftovers into the garbage and then rinse them under the tap.

- Always keep regular checks on all fittings and plumbing in your home for any potential leak.

- Always ensure you buy appliances with water efficient and energy efficient cycles. When using the washing machine, make sure it’s fully loaded and adjust the water level options according to the load of clothes inside the washing machine.

- Avoid the use of hose sprays in washing your car. Instead, use a bucket of soapy water, to avoid water wastage.

- If you’ve a fetish in the outdoors such as water fountains, then opt for one with features that recycle water.

- If you have a green thumb, then you could plant the garden when temperatures are relatively cooler. This is due to the fact that plants will need less water. Make sure you remove the weeds since weeds increase water consumption. Don’t overwater the plants as this will not only waste the water but would also cause the plants to rot.

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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint – In Five Simple Steps

This was written by Dan Whiteside of http://diynewbie.org/.

Are you looking to reduce your carbon footprint? If so, why not go green and do your bit for the environment? Eco-living is easier than you may think and could do wonders for your bank balance.

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Here are five useful tips:

According to the Energy Saving Trust (EST), a family of four could save over half a tonne of carbon monoxide and £420 on energy bills every year – just by saving water. A few simple measures and behaviour changes could make a big difference, so it’s definitely worth cutting back on the amount of water you use.

Arrange a boiler service

Did you know that boilers account for around 60 per cent of what you spend on a year on energy bills? That’s right; they use an enormous amount of electricity, so it’s important to arrange a boiler service with a reputable company every year. A Gas Safe Register approved engineer will make sure everything’s working properly and will prevent you from spending money unnecessarily.

If you can, replace your old boiler with an A-rated, high-efficiency condensing boiler. These recover more heat and send cooler gases up the flue – helping to significantly cut your home’s carbon dioxide emissions. Condensing boilers should also reduce your outgoings by as much as £300 a year, so they’re worth the money.

Use energy-efficient light bulbs

Believe it or not, energy-efficient light bulbs can last up to ten times longer than standard bulbs. They convert energy to light with ease and could save you a lot of money in the long-run – so nip to your nearest home store. Look for compact fluorescent bulbs or 6W LEDs and throw all your old bulbs away. Lighting accounts for around eight per cent of a typical household’s bills, so it’s worth making this change.

Buy the right products

One of the best ways to save energy and money is to buy Energy Saving Trust Recommended products. These products have to meet strict energy performance criteria and will ensure you’re not throwing money down the drain, so look out for the EST label. Everything from loft insulation to fridge freezers can be found online and will help you improve the energy-efficiency rating of your home.

Going green is easier than you may think, so it’s worth giving it a go.

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Green Real Estate Investing Basics

Green Real Estate Investing Basics

When it comes to investing in real estate it can be quite overwhelming for beginners. As with any investment strategies, it really helps if you understand the basics and general strategies before you invest in real estate. It’s commonplace for beginners to quickly go over their budget in a home renovation project. This includes green real estate investments.

The overall idea with any real estate investing is to increase your profits while limiting your expenses. When it comes to make eco-friendly enhancements this can be done easily with overall energy efficiencies inside the house. By creating a higher performance house with fewer costs for energy use you are going to be more successful in your green renovation project. This strategy will help if you are buying and holding property or planning to flip houses.

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There are many things to consider before you simply start replacing everything in the house with energy efficient appliances and materials. You should look at the neighborhood the house is in. If the houses were all built around the same time and the windows are less efficient you will most likely need to replace the windows on your investment property with energy efficient windows. This is simply to make it more comparable to the other homes in the local area. Typically older homes will be far less efficient than newer homes.

Here are a few inexpensive upgrades to help you with ideas:

  • Replace an outdated thermostat with a programmable thermostat.
  • Add a hot water heater blanket to save the money it would cost to replace your hot water heater with an on demand, or tankless, water heater.
  • Replace showerheads with low flower showerheads.
  • Add aerators to sink faucets to reduce water flow.

This is why people hoping to make eco-friendly house renovations should plan first. It’s the best route to take when trying to save on your budget. Planning and staying organized during your rehabilitation of a real estate investment property will give you the opportunity to shop around for the best prices.

With “green” being the latest trend in society it’s becoming easier to find eco-friendly construction supplies and appliances at several larger retail stores. Don’t be surprised if you are able to shop at some of the local big box stores in your neighborhood. Even though it might be listed at a great price you should still shop around. You might find a lower price or be able to have a store price match something. To save even more you can search for coupons online.

These are some of the basics involved in green real estate investing that you need to be aware of before beginning your renovation projects. Do your research and remember to shop around for the best price. Stay organized and plan ahead. Doing this simple things will put you ahead of many beginners.

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