“Going green” is one of the top trends in the Malibu real estate market. Once you have selected the perfect home, there are hundreds of ways to reduce your carbon footprint and conserve energy. If you want to create an environmentally friendly living space, follow these tips.
If you have a home office, chances are that you use a significant amount of paper by printing documents and typing correspondence. You can reduce your paper consumption by using electronic communication whenever possible. If you just need to send someone a quick note, use e-mail instead of using a sheet of paper and an envelope. Instead of buying a paper fax machine, sign up for an electronic fax service. If someone sends you a 10-page fax, but you only need two of the pages, you will save eight pieces of paper. These methods of communication can also help you cut telephone costs.
Old appliances use a lot of energy, so think about buying new appliances instead of bringing your old ones with you when you move to your new home. Look for models that have the Energy STAR label on them, as these use energy efficiently. In addition to using less electricity with energy-efficient models, you will also use less water if you buy energy-efficient washers and dishwashers.
If you really want to reduce your electricity consumption, ask your real estate agent to look for Malibu homes for sale that already have solar panels. Solar panels absorb energy from the sun so that you use less electricity in your home. While these panels have a high initial cost, they can save you thousands of dollars in energy expenses over time.
Eliminate Use of Harsh Products
When you buy a piece of Malibu real estate, it is only natural to want to keep it sparkling. What most people don’t know is that you do not need harsh chemical cleaners. Making your own cleaners out of ingredients like vinegar and baking soda can help you keep your home clean without worrying about the environmental effects of chemicals. Green cleaners are also better for people who have allergies, asthma and chemical sensitivities.
Use a Water Filter
Many people are concerned about the quality of the water that comes from the tap. However, buying bottled water actually harms the environment. Thousands of these bottles end up in landfills every year. Distributing bottled water also requires more use of natural resources. Buy a filter that you can attach to your faucet or purchase a bottle that has a built-in filter. This will help you save money and use less plastic.
Let the Sun Shine
On sunny days, there is really no need to use interior lights. Open the curtains or blinds and allow the sunlight to fill each room in your home. Only turn the lights on when it starts to get dark. This will help you cut down on energy consumption and reduce the number of light bulbs you have to buy.
Russell Grether of Compass Real Estate is a real estate agent based out of Malibu, CA. He specializes in Malibu real estate, Malibu homes for sale, Malibu properties, Malibu Land for sale, Malibu rentals and surrounding area real estate from Montecito to the Pacific Palisades.