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4 Green Building Techniques to Energize Your Property

Published on Thursday - April 27, 2017

From architects to contractors to businessmen to real estate investors, green building (including but not limited to solar energy, eco friendly products, and sustainable resources) is taking over.

As routine human activities continue to have a negative impact on the environment, the demand for green building is skyrocketing. Homebuyers are prioritizing sustainable materials and energy efficiency over more space and location and investors are feeling the brunt of the shift in preference.

In order to keep up with the competition, investors are taking big steps to “greenify” their businesses. From new marketing tactics to the use of different materials, the best investors are jumping on the green bandwagon now, before it’s too late.

Because trends in the industry are ever-changing, investors must stay current on the latest fads (specifically green building) in order for their businesses to stay relevant, which is why we’ve put together a list of green building techniques that will take any fix and flip property to the next level.

Keep in mind that adopting these green building techniques will not only benefit the environment by reducing homeowners’ carbon footprints, they will also benefit your business’ bottom line (and your pocket book).

Green Building Techniques That Add Significant Value

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While transitioning to these green building techniques will be more costly up front, they will help you save money in the long run, not to mention help keep your buyers healthier. (And a great way to invigorate your summer home improvement projects.)

Energy Efficient Appliances. Any appliance tagged with an ENERGY STAR stamp of approval is one you should include in your green property. This label indicates that, that particular product has been deemed “energy efficient” by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Not only do these appliances offer tremendous cost and energy savings, they also do not compromise performance. Other examples of energy efficient products include:

  • Insulation: Did you know that heating and cooling account for 56 percent of a property’s total energy consumption? In order to reduce this expenditure, proper insulation is key. Air has a tendency to leak out of small cracks near windows and doors. The right insulation will stabilize the temperature in a home all the while significantly decreasing its energy bill.
  • Energy Star Windows: After installing proper insulation, don’t forget about your properties windows and skylights. Energy Star has created dual paned glass that will reduce a homeowner’s energy bill up to 12 percent. The lower energy consumption also reduces greenhouse gas emissions thus minimizing the carbon footprint.
  • Eco-Friendly Water Heaters: Rainwater harvesting systems and tankless water heaters are two great options for green fix and flip investors. A harvesting system will collect rainwater from roofs and gutters and save it to be used in sprinklers systems and toilets. Tankless water heaters heat only the amount of water that is being used at a single time as is passes through an electric coil. This means, your heater does not have to keep a massive tank of water warm at all times, thus reducing the energy consumption.
  • Smart Thermostat: Three to five percent of your energy bill can be saved by setting your thermostat one degree lower. While these savings may not sound significant, they add up over time. A programmable thermostat will tell your HVAC system to turn on or off upon reaching a designated temperature. This way, you are not wasting energy when you’re not home.

Landscaping. The best investors understand the importance of curb appeal, so how can you improve a property’s curb appeal and energy efficiency at the same time? Fortunately, it’s not as hard as it sounds. If you’re starting from scratch, consider planting on the southern and western sides of the property. This will create shade during the hottest times of year hopefully resulting in the homeowner wasting less energy on air conditioning. Another option is opting for minimalism. Think desert mixed with zen garden. This means stock up on the garden pebbles, succulents and outdoor statues. You may even decide to install artificial turf! The options are endless.

Conserving Water & Light Fixtures. You don’t have to be a green expert to install energy-efficient light bulbs and water conserving fixtures. Low-flow faucets, toilets, and shower heads are a great way to conserve water in any home. If you really want to take it to the next level. Install a similarly efficient washing machine and dishwasher. Low-flow options will save you money without jeopardizing function. Lighting is another necessity eating away at your energy bill. LED and CFL bulbs will be more costly up front, but will last far longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Solar Panels. Solar energy is clean and renewable, which is why solar panels are gaining popularity in the green fix and flip industry. For homeowners who want to utilize our sun’s natural energy, solar panels are the only way to go. Depending on how many panels you choose to install, an energy bill can decrease from 20 to 100 percent. Keep in mind, this improvement is one of the most expensive green upgrades to choose from; however, the benefits are endless. Government grants, incentives, and significant tax breaks are also available to homeowners who install solar panels.

Green Building Techniques To Use In Your Own Home

If you are a homeowner, who wants to adopt several green lifestyle habits, consider implementing these ideas in your own home:

  • Keep appliances that are not in use (or are fully charged) unplugged. This includes but is not limited to kitchen appliances, beauty appliances, laptops, cell phones, etc.
  • Keep all lights turned off during the day and only turn lights on at night in the room you are occupying.
  • Recycle
  • Buy reusable containers (i.e. tupperware, water bottles, utensils, etc.)
  • Partake in activities that do not waste electricity (i.e. excessive internet or TV use).

You don’t have to be a professional green real estate investor do adopt these green building techniques. Just commit to one energy efficient upgrade per property and you’ll be well on your way to competing with green experts.

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