What steps could a home owner use to make his/her home more Green/ Efficient?

Asked by Val Damico, New York, NY Tue Nov 19, 2013

I have seen properties in Manhattan with Plant Beds on the roof, is this an effort to go green or is this just for decor?

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Dana LaForey, Agent, Bronx, NY
Tue Nov 19, 2013
Good evening Daniel
This is a great question that comes up a lot when I speak to homeowners and prospective buyers.

I usually refer people to check out the EPA Energy Star program, which is a government backed symbol for energy efficiency. Any product, appliance or building with this label indicates superior energy performance.
Their website can help people understand their home and the steps necessary to improve energy effiency.
Some basic steps homeowners can take is to assess their homes
Seal & Insulate - the outer walls, ceilings, windows, doors and floors may be letting too much air into and out of the home. Unseen gaps and cracks can seem like an open window, causing heating/cooling systems to work harder.
Heat & Cool Effieciently - annual maintenance is key
Speak to their local energy provider, who can further assist.

Dana T. LaForey
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
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Bronx, NY 10465
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