Making Sure Your New Home is Eco-friendly

Ryan Coffey
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environmental-1247375smWhen the topic of energy efficiency comes up, many people immediately shift the conversation’s focus to what they’re doing to reduce consumption inside the home. Smart thermostats, new-fangled air conditioners, reducing general usage – you’ve heard it all. Where people don’t spend enough time is on their home’s exterior. Often enough, you can spot an energy-efficient home without ever taking a step inside.

For those of you in the hunt for a new home, this can work heavily in your favor. There are tons of sites out there that can help you identify the energy-efficient features of a home in Nanaimo or elsewhere (just take, for example). If you’re on a schedule though, just taking a stroll around the area could give you new insight into which homes are tailor-made for the conservationist in you. Here’s what to look for:

1. White rooftops. Here’s an easy one to spot. Most people know that the color black does a
much better job absorbing sunlight than it does reflecting it. That’s part of the reason why you
see so many pro athletes with black strips under their eyes – to reduce and absorb glare that
would otherwise impair their vision. It works similarly on houses, believe it or not. Dark roofs
absorb sunlight and cause the home to heat up, forcing its dwellers to go tit-for-tat with the air
conditioning. White, on the other hand, is known for its reflective properties. A white roof keeps
the home cooler, while also reducing your energy costs and potential harm to the environment.

2. Fresh paint. If a house’s most recent paint job was done well, you won’t be able to see any
cracks, bumps or gaps around the exterior. You might think a couple crevices here and there
don’t add up to much, but a top notch caulking can go a long way in scaling back your energy
usage. If you’ve got the right insulation, it’s much easier to run your heating system at sane,
efficient levels.

3. Weather-stripped doors. Okay, so you might have to open a door – but you don’t necessarily
need to take a step inside. Check for weather-stripped doors on every entryway. Just like proper
caulking, a well-fortified door can save energy and save you money. Whether it’s a particularly
frigid winter or a rainy summer, you need to be able to manage your home’s temperature down
to the degree. Weather-stripped doors can help.

In the grand scope of things, your next home’s energy efficiency is pretty important. Make sure your next home lives up to your green standards. By following these tips and some guidelines you set down for yourself, you shouldn’t have any trouble picking a prime piece of real estate.

Ryan Coffey