Welcome to Green Real Estate
This is our home page that offers information on green homes and green real estate information. Some topics include home improvements, bank incentives, Government Programs with Rebates and helpful "green" living tips.
"Green is now the “new black" Green Real Estate is on the rise! It is the direction the market is moving in. Homeowners are getting into the green movement and we are starting to see an increased growing demand by consumers to help improve our planet. Most people are interested in becoming more eco-friendly at home and that's important. Because a majority of your time is spent at home, any changes you implement there have a direct effect on your quality of life, increased health, reducing and lowering energy costs therefore making your home more energy efficient and helping save money. Beyond all that, having a green home will improve the value of your home, becoming a greater investment and most importantly affects the world around you in a more positive way.
Green is here to stay and it will likely become a big part in the way homes and buildings are built in our future. Anything you can do to protect and better the environment no matter how small, is a step in the right direction. Remember "going green" ... only takes one change at a time!
How Can A Green Accredited Agent "Help You" Buy Or Sell A Home?
Tracey Victoria Adams has been a full time award winning real estate agent specializing in Residential Real Estate with over 22 years experience. Tracey is a Certified Accredited Green Agent with the National Association of Green Realtors and Brokers.. As an Accredited Green Agent, Tracey has specialized in Home Efficiency, Home Hydro usage, Green Heating and Cooling Systems, Home Energy Evaluations, Geothermal and Solar Technology. Being able to identify the benefits for green real estate not only makes financial sense, it helps our environment all at the same time.
As an Accredited Green Agent, Tracey can offer the following guidance:
- Increase the demand for "green" real estate by educating consumers about the improvement options, financial and environmental advantages for homeowners when buying or selling a "green" home.
- Trained to recognize a property's environmental upgrades and trained to market them for top selling dollar.
- Advise Buyers and Sellers of the different Government Programs in Ontario and Canada offering rebates to homeowners for making energy efficiency upgrades to their homes.
- Provide information on "green" financing incentives being offered by Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation and major banking institutions.
- Recommendations for energy efficient improvements that will help save homeowners money on energy costs.
- Recommend a list of Certified Energy Consultants to perform an Energy Audit Evaluation.
- Provide a list of tips to help homeowners become more energy efficient and helping to lower monthly utility bills.
- Knowledge of a property's exposure to asbestos, lead, mold and contaminated soils.
- Educate Buyers and Sellers about green building and remodeling to help sustain our planet.
- Promote environment awareness to homeowners.
- Help homeowners improve the comfort level in their home.
It makes perfect sense from a buyers perspective to purchase a home that has been given superior energy ratings and uses Energy guide related appliances and is built with many sustainable material available today.
For sellers green has become a great option to position properties in the real estate market, with energy costs increasing rapidly and increased awareness of environment issues in the general public, selling "green" means giving your property an edge on the competition.
Green up your home and SAVE
Basement or utility room: If the furnace is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it. Newer models are 90 per cent or more efficient compared to older ones, which may be as low as 60 per cent or less. Turn down the heat on your water temperature and be sure to maintain your heating and cooling systems. Make sure water lines are insulated.
Kitchen: Electrical appliances use a whopping 30 per cent of energy in a typical home with refrigeration taking up about eight per cent of that. New appliances are up to three times more efficient than their older counterparts. Be sure to unplug secondary fridges and freezers and only run the dishwasher when it’s full.
Family room: Because heating and cooling represent about 45 per cent of total energy costs, use a programmable thermostat so you can set it cooler in winter and warmer in summer. Be sure to close the damper on your fireplace and unplug electronics when they’re not in use.
Bedroom: Bedrooms use up to about 11 per cent of a home’s lighting consumption. Replace incandescent lights with compact fluorescent lights. Remember to turn off lights when leaving the room and also consider installing dimmer switches to help save on energy costs.
Bathroom: The most obvious way to save energy in the bathroom is to use less water, especially hot water. Showers and baths use over 50 per cent of a house’s water consumption while toilets use 20 to 30 per cent. Install low-flow toilets, faucets and shower heads. Take shorter, cooler showers.
Roof: Up to one-third of the heat produced in a house is lost through the roof, walls and ceiling. Add insulation to hike R-values to 32 or more. Use ceiling fans to stay cool in summer and install a solar hot water system.
Windows and doors: While highly efficient, new windows and doors aren’t always affordable. As an alternative, caulk and weather strip leaky windows and doors.
Landscaping: Smaller lawns mean less maintenance and less watering. To reduce the effects of harsh winter winds, plant a windbreak along the windward side of the house. Deciduous trees planted along the south side help with cooling.
Helpful Green Living Tips
1. Fill Up - Ensure the dishwasher is full before you turn it on! Dishwashers are more energy and water efficient when used at off-peak times and remember to use the air-dry setting. Researchers have also found that machines consistently do a better job with less water - than hand washing.
2. Don't Waste - Don't run the water when brushing your teeth. Think of the water you will be saving in a full year!
3. Green Products - Consider using organic cleaning products, like vinegar, borax and baking soda.
4. Bag It - Bring your own bags to the grocery store. If given a choice between Plastic and paper, opt for paper.
5. Go Paperless At Home And Work - Consider reading your newspaper and magazines subscription online. Switch to electronic banking and credit card payments too.
6. Light Solutions - Replace your home's incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. You will save energy with the lower wattage it takes to power the bulbs but, also from reducing cooler costs- incandescent bulbs give off 90 percent of their energy's heat.
7. Buy Locally - Find Farmer's Markets and family farms for sources of food closer to home.
8. Vampires Beware of Phantom Loads - Unplug all of the electronics throughout your home when you are not using them. This will also help save your monthly energy bill.
9. Dry Smart - Dry two or more loads of laundry in a row to take advantage of an already warm dryer. Clean the lint filter before every load. A clogged filter can increase energy use up to as much as 30 per cent and also presents a serious safety hazard.
10. Composting Anyone - Why not start a compost in your own back yard. It's easy to do!
11. Thinking Outside Of The Box - At Holiday's and birthdays, give your family and friends the gift of saving the earth. Donate to their favorite environmental group, foundation or organization.
12. Educate The Kids - Teach our children about the environment. It will be their future to protect!