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Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day


Going Green

Going green this year means more than green beer and crowded parades. Many Colorado residents are focusing on sustainability and healthy lifestyles. As this trend continues, working toward making the cost of powering your home as close to $0 (net zero) is something you should consider. In addition to saving you money on monthly power expenses, homes with solar generally sell for more than those without solar. Keep in mind that you can either buy a solar system or lease one with no out of pocket costs for installation. There are definitely some advantages to leasing a solar system. Moreover, you can likely qualify for a tax credit if you buy your system. You will need to compare and contrast buying versus leasing.

Sealing leaks and cracks by using weather stripping or caulking is another way you can help reduce your home’s carbon footprint. Preventing the inside air from escaping will use less energy to keep your air cool in the summer and warm in the winter. You can also improve your home’s energy usage and lower consumption by switching to LED lightbulbs. The bulbs last 10-20 times longer than regular bulbs, consume less energy, and provide better lighting. If XCEL is your energy company, you can have them do a free assessment for you. They even provide free LED lights. Another idea to discuss with an expert is whether you could convert to using heat pumps. Heat pumps use way less energy than air conditioners and can save you a lot of money on your electricity costs. We hope these suggestions help you incorporate sustainability into your St. Patrick’s Day.


 Knowledge is Key
 Jon Terry
 Founder of Alaris Properties