According to NPR, going green has been a trend taking businesses, car manufacturers and the real estate market by storm in the past decade. People are getting more environmentally aware and trying to employ environmentally friendly substitutes for everyday items. Making your Fullerton, California home more eco-friendly may seem like more hassle than it’s worth, but going green pays off.
The first reason to make eco-friendly improvements to your Fullerton home is that it will increase its value and make it more attractive to potential home buyers. Sustainable materials are more durable, utility bills won’t be as high, and the bonus of overall environmental protection are big draws for potential home buyers.
If you’re thinking more in the short term, your month-to-month utility bills can be decreased by installing energy-efficient devices. Devices you should consider choosing the green option for are washers, dryers, dishwashers, lighting fixtures and your HVAC system. These lower utility bills will put some change in your pocket and be a buying key point if you decide to sell. With the water-use restrictions in California, it’s helpful to have more environmentally friendly devices that don’t use as much water as conventional alternatives.
Needless to say, the biggest motivator in going green is to preserve the environment. Eco-friendly and sustainable materials make less of an impact on the environment than more traditional materials. Paints, adhesives and other items you generally don’t think about can be doing damage to your lawn or garden. Also, environmentally friendly materials create less waste once the house is eventually torn down (an event that will be hopefully many years away). Recycling also plays a big part in going green; before you toss something out, think of how it could be reused. Some inspiring “upcycling” projects that look great are wood pallet coffee tables and wine-crate magazine racks.
If you have any questions about environmentally-friendly trends in the Fullerton, California area, or buying a home with green features, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to help you with any and all concerns you have related to real estate in the Fullerton area.