Going Green - Recycle too!

Dated: July 24 2020

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Going green is great for the environment, but that’s not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings.  Check out our exclusive listing for Organic Acreage Estate www.GilbertLane.com and you can choose between OFF THE GRID or USE UTILITY.

  1. Solar panels: The upfront cost is big, but the long-term savings are huge. Solar panels will cost several thousand dollars to install, but ongoing maintenance costs are very low, and a typical system could save you hundreds of dollars per year. You can even sell your surplus electricity.
  2. Wood furnace: Wood-burning furnaces are relatively inexpensive, and though the yearly savings aren’t as dramatic (about 10% on heating bills), it adds up over the long run.
  3. Insulation: There’s a good chance your insulation isn’t very efficient, especially in older homes. Look into installing floor, cavity, wall, and loft insulation to reduce your heating bills.
  4. Rain barrels: Rain barrels are extremely inexpensive, and provide gallons of free water to use when you wash your car or water your garden.
  5. Geothermal system: OK, so the price tag is scary at first. A geothermal system uses the earth’s temperature to heat and cool your home, but can cost $30,000 to install. But tax credits allow you to get a lot of that money back, and the energy savings average about $1,900 per year. If you plan to be in your home for a decade or two, it’s a great investment.
  6. Stop the Leaks:  Check around the windows and doors, add door sweeps, insualtion or tighten locks to stop outside air flow from coming in.  Also check electrical plugs, these little leaks add up to big dollars.
  7. Recycle:  Easiest of all help the globe by keeping waste to a minimum.  Consider cloth napkins, in place of endless papertowels, recycle bottles and can and paper.  Consider enrolling for paperless billing.


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Michael Straley

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