Despite what Kermit Says, it Really is Easy Being Green

Real Estate Agent with BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Georgia Properties 157561

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Despite what Kermit says, it really is easy being green..... at least in the Forsyth County real estate market.


With many home builders trying to reach Millennial buyers through the use of green building practices (using smart solutions to maximize a home’s efficiency and comfort while reducing its overall impact to the environment), and so many new green technologies for existing homeowners to use when updating their home,  I believe that going green gets easier every day.


When most people think of making green updates to their home, their thoughts immediately go to major projects like adding turbines, or solar panels or geothermal heating units, which can seem overwhelming.  The truth is, you don’t have to take on major projects to make a major difference in your family’s energy consumption.  Here are a few ideas….


The obvious choices:

Replace your existing HVAC System with an Energy Star HVAC: According to Energy Star, heating and cooling your homes typically uses 43% of your overall household energy budget annually. That makes it a top priority in terms of making an upgrade to save both energy and money. When it’s time to replace your existing HVAC units, take the time to do your research and you may find that spending a little more upfront can make you money in the end through annual energy cost savings and at the time of resale.

Add Insulation and Weather Stripping: This is actually on of the easiest and most cost effective green updates you can make. Sawnee EMC, our local electric company even provides a free energy audit to help you find where you need to focus your efforts.

Double Pane Windows and High-Performance Doors: About 25% of your annual heating and cooling costs can be attributed to loss due to non-energy efficient or single pane windows. This is not an inexpensive replacement to make but, in terms of resale, this is an excellent choice if you are considering making green updates to your Forsyth County home.

Tankless Hot-Water Systems: Why heat water all of the time when you only need it occasionally?  You may even be able to take advantage of a tax credit.

Programmable Thermostat: There are many new programmable thermostats on the market – some are even wifi enabled which allows you to adjust them when you are away from home. The Nest thermostat will actually learn your habits and adjust itself accordingly.


Some options you may not know about:

Smart Power Strips: These “smart power strips” are pretty amazing. They actually sense energy demand and cut off power to fully charged devices  (devices that are plugged in and shut off or fully charged).  These energy vampires can actually be responsible for 20% of your overall energy bill. 



  •        Carpet made from recycled plastic bottles
  •        Sustainable bamboo flooring


Rain Barrels:  Pretty simplistic really, but very effective.  You just run your gutter water into the barrel and then use it to water your plants.


As you can see, there are many ways for the average homeowner to make cost effective green updates to their home.  I hope you'll give some of them a try!


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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Kermit didn't realize all the good things about being we do with everything we replace with more efficient use of energy.

Apr 17, 2016 11:08 PM #1
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

LED light bulbs thoughout a house can make a difference on the power bill as well.  I was really surprised at how much of a difference they made in mine.

Apr 17, 2016 11:31 PM #2
Bill Dandridge
MKB, Realtors - Roanoke, VA
GREEN, ABR, GRI, EcoBroker

Great post! There are so many options out there, and in the end, everyone wants to save a little green from their next energy bill.

Apr 17, 2016 11:40 PM #3
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Gayle, what a great post, and lots of great ideas, especially the smart power strips.  Will have to check them out.  

Apr 17, 2016 11:45 PM #4
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Relevant & helpful posting here thank you

Apr 18, 2016 01:54 AM #5
Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

Great list! We love our Nest thermostat (and the Nest Protect co2/smoke detectors but they're not so green). 

Apr 18, 2016 03:39 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Gayle- you're right, it doesn't take much to be green.  Every little thing we do can help. 

Apr 18, 2016 03:58 AM #7
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Great advice!  Congratulations on the Feature! Well deserved!

Apr 18, 2016 07:22 AM #8
Scott W. Johnson
Marindependent Insurance Services LLC - Mill Valley, CA
Insurance Broker-Agent

Thanks for the post

Apr 18, 2016 01:11 PM #9
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

The rain barrels aren't really an option here as it doesn't rain often, but the extra insulation goes a long way in cutting our Summer electric bills!

Apr 19, 2016 01:31 AM #10
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sometimes being green is not very easy, but it is always important for Kermit and the rest of us to be Green!

Apr 19, 2016 01:56 PM #11
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Great post Gayle Barton everyone can do something (and usually several things) to be green!

Apr 21, 2016 11:06 AM #12
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Gayle. I agree with most that each of us can do something that improves the quality of our planet and our lives.

Apr 22, 2016 12:14 AM #13
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