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Offered by Arlene Castro, iGo Realty

From Buying to maintaining a home here are seven ways to make it a greener experience:

  1. Consider buying a home closer to where you work. Although the gas mileage cars offer today is better than in the past, think of energy saved in a shorter commute.
  2. Invest in a home energy audit to make your home as energy efficient as possible.
  3. When comparing homes, consider the impact of trees. Large deciduous (leafy) trees are great natural climate controllers. In the summer, their leafy branches block the sun and help keep your home cooler (reducing cooling costs). In the winter, the bare branches let more natural light and heat through to your home (reducing heating costs).
  4. If the property lacks trees, talk to a local landscape professional to determine the best kind to purchase, and the proper placement.
  5. Whether it’s your current home or one you’re considering, if the home has a large (and thirsty) lawn to water, consider replacing some of that lawn with xeric (dry) landscape design. If you have a HOA check with them first. For more information on this subject go to: then click on yard and garden.
  6. Consider Energy Star homes. Energy Star is an energy efficiency certification program run by the EPA. Typical energy savings are estimated between $200 and $400 a year.
  7. Even if a home isn’t Energy Star rated, most commonly purchased home appliances (refrigerators, lighting, computers, televisions, clothes washers, dishwashers and air conditioning units) carry the Energy Star rating. Be sure your next replacement is Energy Star rated. For more information visit:

If you are considering buying or selling a home and you want to buy or update your home to be more Energy Star friendly contact iGo Realty for a FREE report at (303) 857-5056.

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