How to make sure your property is as eco-friendly as possible
A year ago, I took a job as a property consultant at Nashville Property Consultants.
Since then, I’ve been in a partnership with a lot of the top eco-businesses and brands in the Nashville area.
This year, I’d like to share some tips that will help you maximize your impact on your property.
If you’ve never been to a property in Nashville, you’re missing out.
We’re here to help.
Use green energy wisely.
There’s no doubt that you can make a difference when it comes to your energy use.
It may seem like an obvious statement, but we can’t get enough green.
It’s not just about keeping your house and yard green, but also the way you’re using your electric and natural gas, water, and air.
In order to have a more sustainable future, it’s important to think about the environmental impact of your energy consumption.
You need to be aware of the types of materials that you’re burning, and how you’re disposing of them.
For instance, a recent study by researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that when people recycle more often, they can save more than $200,000 in landfill fees each year.
Use a solar energy system.
If your energy bill is going up, you may want to consider buying a solar power system.
The cost of solar power varies from $0.99 to $7.99 per kilowatt-hour, depending on the solar system.
These solar systems are the cheapest way to get started.
And if you’ve been living off the grid, they have the potential to reduce your energy bills, too.
Find a natural gas-fired power plant.
There are plenty of energy-saving features to consider when buying a gas-powered power plant, including the fact that they’re not only less expensive to build than solar, but they’re also more efficient.
There have been some recent studies suggesting that a gas plant with an energy efficiency of 75 percent can produce electricity for half the cost of a solar plant.
Buy a fuel cell.
You don’t have to be a scientist to appreciate the benefits of fuel cells.
When it comes time to make the switch from traditional coal-based power plants to hydrogen fuel cells, it can be a good investment.
Fuel cells provide much cleaner power and the energy is much more efficient than coal.
In fact, a study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that the average fuel cell produces 80 percent less CO2 emissions than a typical coal-fired plant.
In addition, fuel cells are much less expensive than natural gas.
They’re usually only $5,000 per unit and they typically produce a minimum of 1,000 kilowatts of electricity per year.
If these benefits aren’t enough, consider buying the cheapest hydrogen fuel cell system available.
Make sure you have enough parking.
If it’s going to be an occasional trip to the gas station, consider getting a garage door or garage door cover.
In the past, this may have cost you about $50 or $60 a year, but a new study conducted at The Ohio State University found that this cost savings can add up to hundreds of dollars a year.
In my experience, most people would rather have the money to go out and purchase a garage cover.
Buy solar panels.
Solar panels are a great investment if you’re going to have to buy a large amount of solar panels each year for your home or business.
They provide an affordable option for homes and businesses that need to store electricity.
Solar panel costs are typically between $10 and $25 per watt.
Consider an electric vehicle.
Even though electric vehicles have a relatively small market share in the United States, electric vehicles are still becoming more and more popular.
In 2018, there were more than 2.5 million electric vehicles in the U.S. That’s up from just more than 400,000 the year before.
If there’s one thing you need to consider about your energy-use and climate goals, it is this: if you don’t do something about your emissions, the impact of climate change on the environment will only get worse.
Get a local energy company to install your energy conservation device.
If the energy you’re saving by installing your energy saving device is more than enough to offset the costs of your electric bills, you should contact a local electric company.
When I was at Nashvilles property consultants and met with many of the local energy companies, I was blown away by the quality of their service.
If a company can meet your energy savings needs with the technology that you have at your disposal, it gives you an opportunity to save money.
If not, you’ll have to do it yourself.
Get involved with a local nonprofit.
Many communities across the country have green energy initiatives.