Reducing Your Home's Carbon Footprint

by Erin Fernschild 04/14/2019

The world today is experiencing high amounts of pollution and energy usage that stresses the environment. But being environmentally conscious helps to reduce the number of greenhouse gases that your home produces. Here is how to reduce your home's carbon footprint:

Hire a professional to carry out an energy audit of your home. 

This stage of the energy audit will allow you to know your house better and give you the necessary facts you need to make a decision. In this way, you will identify precisely the weak points of your home. The auditor will then propose several options to you according to your budget. 

Improve the insulation of the walls, roof, and floor of your home

Generally, the first thing to do to save energy is to prevent heat from escaping. For this, you must identify all the points where you lose cooling and try to repair or improve the insulation. 

Change your windows

Ten to 15% of the heat escapes through the windows. You have to choose your windows and install new ones with double or triple panes depending on your home. The objective is to avoid unnecessary expenses from energy being wasted.

Think about the ventilation of your home

A well-ventilated home will conserve temperature all through the day and reduce the amount of work that air conditioners do. This also reduces your energy bills and keeps the air on your own home circulating without becoming stale.

Opt for natural materials

A truly green home uses materials that have little impact on the environment and indoor air quality. These are usually natural materials (straw wood, stone, etc.). Consider using bio-based insulation – made from renewable plant or animal raw materials (wood wool, hemp wool ...). In terms of finishes, use natural paints or coatings for better indoor air quality.

For heating, have renewable energy products installed in your home

Solar heating, wood heating and heat pumps (geothermal, aerothermal), existing equipment ecological heating are efficient and reliable. The idea is to recover energy naturally present in the air, the sun, the soil or our forests to limit the use of fossil fuels. And so reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases.

Recycle waste

Don't throw away your home waste without checking for items that could be reused or recycled. Start a local recycling program in your home and do your best to make sure that the volume of waste reduces. Plastic bottles can also be re-used for other useful purposes.

Many contractors are upgrading properties to improve their green ratings, talk to your real estate agent about finding a green contractor in your area.

About the Author
Author

Erin Fernschild

I believe that when it comes to Real Estate sales and service, you can have it all and that is my professional goal. Erin Fernschild has lived in Stratford, CT since moving from New York City in 2005. First living in the direct waterfront community of Breakwater Key and then moving to Lordship in 2012. Her interests in Real Estate expanded while she was searching for a home that would meet her lifestyle and growing family needs. Commuting to Wall Street in NYC on the train gave her ample time to find the perfect location for all of her requirements, even though she was told by many “you can’t have it all”. Erin attended William Patterson University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and International Marketing. Throughout her career, she has worked for several Investment Banking Firms in NYC including First Boston, Bear Stearns, and Deutsche Bank. In 2016, Erin obtained her real estate license and joined RealtyQuest. Erin’s passion for service and understanding of what it takes to complete any transaction with the least amount of difficulties stems from her role at Deutsche Bank where she co-­founded its Relationship Management team which is accountable for the Bank’s overall commercial relationships. Erin worked face-to-face on a daily basis with large hedge funds, asset managers, and high net worth individuals, listening to their needs, communicating effectively and often acting as a mediator to resolve issues. Her friendly style, tenacity, and technological ability provide her clients with a competitive edge in challenging markets. She is a natural people person who will work tirelessly on her client’s behalf. She truly enjoys assisting others to Buy, Sell and Invest in Real Estate and understands the amount of time, dedication, and thoughtfulness that goes into finding the right property, at the right price, that meets all of her client’s needs.