Reduce Your Home's Carbon Footprint

by Mona Kremin 09/22/2019

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

Mona Kremin

 Experienced Licensed Realtor since 1985 in Great Neck and the North Shore of Long Island. With this experience, Mona has become a local expert, exhibiting exceptional dedication to customer service, bringing key buyers and sellers together.  

After being a consistent multimillion dollar producer, and achieving Top Office Producer in 2000, Mona became the Sales Manager of one of the top offices on the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. She has been managing agents for the past 17 years as well as providing her customers and clients with exceptional service. Keller Williams Realty is now fortunate to have her on their team. Her expertise has assisted in listing, negotiating and closing hundreds of deals. Her dedication and personal commitment to the profession is exemplified by her untiring work ethic. "Being a Realtor means more than listing and selling homes. It's about people, families, and their hopes and dreams. It's about a relationship based on trust, knowledge and experience. My customers can be assured that I'll always go that extra mile to make their experience the best they have ever had when buying or selling a home." Her best compliment is your referral, and she has had hundreds throughout her career.  

Her professional designations are extensive. She is a Licensed Associate Broker, a Member of the Long Island Board of Realtors, New York Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Senior Real Estate Specialist, and a Certified Buyer Representative. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Long Island Board of Realtors since 2004, and was the President of the Nassau North Shore Chapter from 2008 - 2010. She is now the Recording Secretary.  

Prior to her career in real estate, Mona graduated with honors with a Master of Arts from New York University. She is the past President of the Great Neck Chapter of Hadassah, receiving numerous awards and honors, including Woman of the Year.  

In addition to New York, Mona is now a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson in Florida, and is dually licensed with a Keller Williams office in Boca Raton.