Make Your Home More Energy Efficient and Save Money!

About half of the homes in the U.S are under insulated. Insulation provides resistance to heat flow; the more resistance, the less it costs to heat and cool your home. Insulation is necessary in older and newer homes but as a general rule, the older a home is, the more insulation is needed. 

Wash your clothes with cold water instead of hot to reduce energy. Also try doing larger loads of laundry to cut down on the amount of loads you do and use environmentally friendly detergents/soaps.

You may have heard about how fast bamboo grows; it is in fact, one of the fastest growing plants! This makes it a more environmentally friendly option, rather than one of the other hard-wood flooring products. It looks lovely and is easy to clean! 

Swap out your old lighbulbs for some energy efficient ones! Better quality said to last longer! 

Solar energy is on the rise. It is renewable, can decrease your energy costs by 50 percent, and on average costs 15 thousand to install. Depending on where you live, you might get to put zero down on the installation and you can receive a hefty tax deduction! Invest the money in solar upfront and the benefits and savings will come!

Instead of filling the water kettle up all of the way, try only filling it up with the amount you will use. Less water means less energy used! Showers use less water than baths; do you take long showers? Try reducing the length of your showers gradually to save water. 

Seal any gaps that you find in windows, around doors, floorboords, or air gaps around outlets and switch boxes to avoid cool arit form getting in, and warm air from getting out. 

Geothermal systems use the earth’s temperature to heat and cool your home. Installation on average costs about 30k. Pipes are installed 6-7 feet underground and hot and cold water is circulated through through pipes in the home to heat and cool it. Geothermal energy is efficient, green, and super cool! Like solar, there are federal tax credits available and typically you start to see a return on your investimate in 3-5 years. 

Install a low-flow shower head and toilet. A low flow shower head can reduce your water usage by 15-20 gallons of water a day! 

As an alternative to cranking up the heat this fall and winter, throw on another layer of clothes and snuggle up to your pet(s)! My cats are a great source of natural heating and Langston (pictured above) loves to cuddle up after a long day. 

Sources:

http://inhabitat.com/infographic-a-guide-to-improving-the-energy-efficiency-of-your-home-2/

http://inhabitat.com/infographic-50-ways-your-home-could-help-save-the-planet/

http://blog.blinds.com/5-surprising-ways-your-home-is-losing-energy/

http://energy.gov/energysaver/insulation

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 3:21 pm
Keryn Giguere | Category: Minimalism, Uncategorized

How Exactly Does A Minimalist Sell Real Estate?

About a year ago I became interested in creating a minimalist lifestyle.

I started to question what I owned, and what I wanted versus what I needed.

I have noticed the philosophy that I live by at home transfers into the way I do business.

How exactly does a minimalist sell real estate?

Unfortunately, housing is not free.

We live in a society where we need money to have shelter.

I am in a business that provides something of value.

I am not selling you stuff you do not need! 

I am much happier focusing on quality of business versus quantity.

Having clients that I click with and who like me is super important. 

Creating meaningful-relationships with the people I work with and for provides me with a greater sense of job satisfaction and accomplishment.

I want clients that want to work with me because they can see the value I bring to them.

We all like to feel valued, right?

Being newer to the industry doesn’t have to be a detriment to your clients.

I have the opportunity to collaborate with successful, more experienced agents while bringing a forward-thinking, fresh energy to those I work for and with.

Being newer to real estate does not have to be a dirty secret!

The real estate business is always changing, which is what attracts so many of us to this job; we are always learning and adapting! 

Life isn’t all about owning a huge, fancy house, is it?

What type of lifestyle do you want to live? Most of my clients don’t want to buy a house at the very top of their budget. They want to figure out what monthly payment they are comfortable with, that will allow them to spend less of their money on housing. 

 What other values do you hold? Do you want to be able to give back to your community? Take vacations? Contribute to your retirement and savings? These are important things to ask yourself during your path to homeownership. 

Selling real estate isn’t solely about the houses or the mechanics of the process. It is about the people; the relationships you make and thinking of ways to create a more enjoyable and meaningful experience for you and your clients. 

Posted on October 21, 2015 at 4:05 pm
Keryn Giguere | Category: Minimalism, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , ,