Tips For Homeowners To Help Decrease Environmental Impact


Many don’t realize that green solutions provide advantages that go far beyond simply reducing environmental impact. As a matter of fact, green solutions can actually end up increasing the value of your property. A great example of this is solar energy solutions.

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A solar panel is going to cost you about $100 at the bare minimum. That’s for 100 Watts. Basically, you’re looking at a dollar a Watt. In addition, you’re going to need cables, surge controllers, energy sinks (batteries) and power inverters. But there’s a limit to the support tech you need for a panel.

A kilowatt is 1,000 Watts. A 3.1 kWh (kilowatt hour) solar energy system will bring approximately $20k in property value through most of California, and around $15k in value through most of the country. Some places may only see a property increase of $10k, but that’s still notable.

A 3.1 kWh system can be installed for around $5k. That’s: $3.1k for the panels, $1.9k in supporting technological infrastructure. So at the very least, going the green route will add $10k in property value; and you’ll double your money. Now that’s not to mention the savings you get from decreased utility bills or associated tax breaks.

Decreased Fallout

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Another way to maintain a decreased carbon footprint when it comes to being a homeowner is to cut down the collateral fallout which comes from water damage. Consider the lawn; if you’re going to maintain it, you’ve got to spend thousands of dollars on water bills. But if you put a footpath and bushes where the lawn was, you can essentially have the same landscaping satisfaction for less cost and waste.

Other collateral fallout you can reduce when it comes to water involves plumbing and HVAC. If you’re trying to affect your own repairs, you’ve got to absorb losses in terms of water, time, and equipment. But, according to, going with an established, convenient, courteous, trustworthy solution not only cuts down expenses, but it is safer for the environment.

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A Logical Conclusion

One of the greatest advantages of “green” living is the potential for off-grid sustainability. Solar energy, wind energy, water energy, wells dug on your own property, gardens in your backyard—these things are excellent ways of cutting expenses, remaining grid independent, and not harming the environment.

But what’s necessary for any green solution is going to be maintenance that is essentially continuous. You’re going to have systems of constructed “order” fall into “chaos”. Entropy is the term which describes this trend. Over time, your property is going to degrade unless you maintain it.

If you’re willing to fix problems as they arise, you can extend your property’s lifespan. Consider a home in an impoverished community that is falling apart, and must be demolished. Do you think that’s better, or worse for the environment? Now consider homes that have been maintained since the 1800s and are still livable.

Even with building materials that aren’t “green” you’re going to have a “green” outcome should a given property last for many decades. But even the most environmentally friendly building materials are bad for the planet if they are wasted. So, the best way to be green in terms of home ownership is not to be wasteful.

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