Derek English: Being “Green” Saves Money
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - by Derek English, president, Greater Chattanooga Realtors
The summer heat has arrived. As a result, we’re seeing some surprisingly large electric bills. Soaring temperatures aren’t just uncomfortable. Extreme temps put an incredible strain on our power grid, which can cause power outages. And there’s nothing worse than being without power during a sweltering summer day, right?
So, what steps can we take to help ease the burdens and save money? When working with one of our local realtor members, you might learn about the green fields in our MLS, powered by Flexmls.
There are also a few local realtors who carry NAR’s Green Designation www.green.realtor that can assist you with implementing green features into your remodel, new construction or existing home. These realtors can assist in being the source for the source in Information regarding curbside recycling, dual flush toilets, energy-rated HVAC systems to hot water recirculation, low emissivity windows and rainwater collection systems, and will be sure to highlight such green features for sellers and buyers.
In the tightening market of the past couple of years, many new homeowners feel lucky to have purchased the home they did, no matter its efficiency levels. These homeowners should fear not, as many companies specialize in retrofitting and providing green services to suit many varying budgets. There are many resources available to help make any home more energy efficient, which also means more money in your pocket over the long-term.
Locally, EPB and TVA offer the Home Uplift program (HUP), which provides no-cost home energy upgrades to qualifying homes in our community. Such improvements could include HVAC repair or replacement, insulation, weather stripping and more energy-efficient lighting. On average, HUP participants have saved more than $400 annually on their energy bills. This service is valuable in helping many in our community. To get started, visit https://epb.com/energy/home-energy-uplift/.
Chattanooga has also been blessed for over 15 years with green|spaces, www.greenspaceschattanooga.org, which is one organization in particular that offers assistance to homeowners and company owners alike through advocacy and incentive campaigns, education and training classes, design competitions and other programs. green|spaces has advanced the sustainability of living, working and building in Chattanooga.
Lastly, another resource is the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE), operated by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center. DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the United States. Visit DSIREusa.org, enter your zip code and view all the different tax incentives for your area.
These are a few of the great steps to get you started on an energy-saving journey. Many people think a realtor’s job is finished once a transaction closes. In reality, realtors are a valuable resource even after the housing transaction. No matter the time of year, realtors serve their clients and community in their home buying and energy conservation needs. That’s Who We R.