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Here at Tru Real Estate Team, we know that when you come to sell your home there’s a good chance that future potential buyers will be looking at more than just granite countertops and hardwood floors: they’ll be looking to see whether they’ll be losing money to energy inefficiency. A few simple design and lifestyle choices can mean major savings when your energy bill arrives, and when your home is up for sale it could add up to thousands.
LED it go
If you’re still using Edison light bulbs then now’s the time to get your light fixtures out of the 19th century. LED bulbs cost less, last longer and come in a greater variety of colours (they can even connect to the internet and you can change colours with an app). Plus, Energy Efficiency Alberta will be launching a new Instant Savings program in the fall of 2017!
Get The Right White Goods
Spending more or shopping around to get more energy-efficient white goods (kitchen appliances and washers/dryers that you aren’t likely to bring with you when you move homes) can save you and your home’s future owners a lot. These items either use power 24/7 (like refrigerators) or use a lot of power in a short time, like ovens or washer-dryers, so there are huge savings to be made.
If your home has a yard it’ll grow better with some nice organic compost. You can buy this from stores or cut down on both costs and the amount of waste you create by buying a composting pail for your kitchen and a larger composting bin in your yard. The nutrients you’ll create will make your garden look amazing and you’ll signal to home buyers that you have an eco-friendly home.
Grow Out Of The Grocery Store
It’s cheap, easy and fun to grow your own herbs, vegetables or even run a full-fledged small farm if you have enough space. Doing so will not only save money but adds attractive green space to your home without being purely ornamental- an elaborate but purely visual garden could be a turn-off to some home buyers.
Bamboo isn’t anywhere near as popular a building material as oak, pine and the like, particularly here in Canada where there are huge tracts of forest to harvest, but it’s a fast-growing, sustainable wood that can make some seriously attractive furniture. If you can find it, buy it.
Most Canadian homes are going to be double-glazed, since they have to cope with serious drops in temperature. However, there’s more you can do to make your windows energy efficient. Put up curtains so you can keep heat in at night and keep the sun out in summer. Avoid McMansion-style multi-storey windows if you’re still in the construction phase of your home. Want up to $1,500 in rebates from the provincial government? Check out their window program here.
Getting the most bang for your buck when selling your home is a case of anticipating everything a potential buyer might want, including energy efficiency and low environmental impact. Getting these aspects right now won’t just net you more when you come to sell but start saving you money right away. If you want more advice on selling your home, be sure to talk to us at Tru Real Estate Team!