Eco-Friendly Home Solutions on a Budget

by Tony Carter, Realtor® 12/19/2021

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While reducing energy costs is often a top priority of those who invest in green home solutions, these sustainable updates and upgrades have also earned a reputation of being costly to implement. In fact, eco homes have become somewhat of a luxury trend due to the rising cost of building with sustainable materials and creating innovative eco-friendly solutions.

Fortunately, there are affordable eco home solutions available. Here are a few that might work well if you are trying to stick to a budget:

Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Appliances

One of the easiest ways to begin to transition your home into an eco home is to upgrade to energy-efficient appliances. Energy-efficient appliances have become more popular in recent years, which has helped to drive down the prices of these units. In addition, many utility companies offer rebates to customers who purchase energy-efficient refrigerators, washing machines, dryers and more. These rebates and incentives also can help offset the initial cost of purchasing the appliances. Once you have purchased them and have had them installed, you will begin to realize cost savings on your utility bills month after month.

Invest in Smart Technology

Smart technology is another easy and cost-effective way to go green in your own home. The amount of smart technology available has expanded in recent years, allowing budget-conscious people to find a solution that works for them. Some of the most popular types of smart technology in eco homes include:

  • Smart thermostats — Smart thermostats learn the habits of the people living inside the home and automatically adjust accordingly. This helps reduce the amount of time the heating and cooling system operates in the home, which subsequently reduces utility costs.
  • Smart plugs — Smart plugs will automatically turn the electricity outlet on and off based on the needs of the device that is plugged in. This reduces the amount of wasted electricity and also helps reduce utility costs.

Rely on Sustainable Building Materials

If you are doing a larger home project, such as an expansion or addition, you may want to consider purchasing sustainable building materials. These materials have come down in price in recent years, but beyond that, they cost less to maintain over the course of your lifetime. Sustainable building materials are extremely durable, and you will not have to put as much money into maintaining these materials in the years to come.

Partner with a Green Home Builder

It is possible to build an eco-friendly, new construction home while sticking to your budget. However, in order to get the best results and the most value for your investment, you will want to partner with a green home builder. A builder that specializes in eco-friendly construction will know how to secure sustainable building materials for the best possible price while simultaneously creating a floor plan that maximizes the efficiency of your new home.

Sometimes, the upfront costs of green home construction or sustainable home improvement projects can be startling. However, it's important to remember that you can take small, budget-friendly steps toward living a more sustainable lifestyle. And, when you do invest in larger, more expensive projects, you will eventually realize long-term savings that offset the initial investment.

About the Author

Tony Carter, Realtor®

My wife, Cindy and I, moved to Florida 9 years ago from Wisconsin, where we were born and raised. I proudly served in the United States Air Force and was stationed overseas and in The Gulf War. Became a member of The American Legion and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). After, the Military, I got into the retail business for the last 25 years. During my last position, in the retail. I was second-in-charge of a 125 million dollar a year business. Thatis where I developed my passion for customer service and taking care of the customer. With that passion, I became a full-time licensed Realtor in the state of Florida. I understand that real estate is not just a transaction but an important personal decision, a decision that may need guidance. I am here to answer any questions and guide you and your family through the process. Whether buying for the first time. Purchasing a condo, single-family home, investment property or a time-share on the beach. I am the exclusive Realtor for the Mariner Beach Club in St Pete Beach, Florida and for the Island Gulf Resort in Madeira Beach, Florida. Please feel free to contact me with your real estate needs directly at cell 262-894-8135 or via e-mail at [email protected] or website; Timeshare on St. Pete Beach, Florida. Video of the Mariner Beach Club, St. Pete Beach, Florida. Website to the timeshare at Madeira Beach, Florida.