4 DIY Projects for a ‚ÄúGreener‚ÄĚ Home¬†

Going ‚Äúgreen‚ÄĚ is gaining popularity every year. A high percentage of home builders and contractors¬†are already building “green” and energy-efficient¬†homes¬†and expect to continue to do so in the future. Making your home ‚Äúgreen‚ÄĚ may actually make your home more appealing to potential¬†buyers. ¬†Did you know that home buyers are not only continuously¬†interested in energy-efficient homes, or homes with¬†“green” features, but they are also willing to pay more for them? Even if you‚Äôre not ready to sell your home¬†this year,¬†going ‚Äúgreen‚ÄĚ is environmentally conscious and at the same time it may also help you save money on your monthly energy bills!

 

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1. Bamboo flooring

Thinking about putting in a hardwood floor?  Consider bamboo instead.  Because bamboo grows much more quickly than wood, bamboo is an ecologically friendly alternative to hardwood flooring.  It is an affordable product that is still just as durable, natural, and beautiful as wood.  Furthermore, bamboo is slightly more resistant to water damage than hardwood.

2.  Low-flow toilets and faucet aerators

It may be time to remodel your bathrooms.  If so, a low-flow toilet is more environmentally friendly than a traditional toilet, and is also a great money saver.  It can save up to four gallons of water per flush!  Want to cut your water use in half?  Aerators for your water faucets are another water-saving product.  They also happen to be affordable and very easy to install.

3.  Zero-VOC paint

Did you know that the paint in your home may contain chemicals called Volatile Organic Compounds, and that these toxic VOC chemicals evaporate over time into the air you breathe as you watch TV in the den, or cook meals in kitchen?  Replace the paint on the walls of your home with low or zero-VOC paints, which can be found at almost any paint or home improvement store.

4.  LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs

You may not know this, but incandescent light bulbs actually put out a lot more heat than they do light.  LED and compact fluorescent bulbs are an easy fix.  They fit into incandescent sockets, they’re much more energy efficient, and they last about ten times longer.

What will you do with all the money you save from implementing these ‚Äúgreen‚ÄĚ improvements to your home?¬† Let us know in the comments!

If you’re interested in more tips for making your home “green” before you sell,¬†call, text or email¬†us anytime with any questions you have on selling your¬†home in¬†Anacortes,¬†Whidbey Island¬†or¬†Skagit County. We’d love to talk with you.

(360) 941-3734

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

809 7th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

809 7th St.
Anacortes, WA 98221

 

DIY Patio Decor Ideas

Summer is approaching quickly and we have a few ideas to help make your patio the place to be for entertaining with family and friends or a relaxing place for you to enjoy! If you want to spruce up your patio look no further, these ideas will help brighten your patio and help create a functional outdoor environment.

Start by selecting a theme for your patio, this will help make the transition from indoors to outdoors smooth. A popular theme right now is rustic country. The recent trend is creating patio furniture out of pallets and wooden crates. Pallets can be broken down and the wood can be re-purposed to create just about anything the mind can imagine. Wooden crates make for good side tables as well as planter boxes. Making your own furniture or restoring old furniture, you are able to design from a blank slate…with a little paint and imagination you’ll surely brighten up your patio.

Patio furniture..select the right size furniture for your patio to avoid loosing space. Creating a “L” shaped bench in a corner is a great way to conserve space and makes for a more intimate setting. There are many different ideas using pallets and crates to create patio furniture for the less expensive approach as well as a conversation piece. Brightening up your patio furniture with outdoor decorative pillows also adds comfort.

Decorating your patio should start with a general theme…have fun with it and try to have purpose and function for all of your ideas. If you are interested in more do-it-yourself patio decor ideas..Contact Us!

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Weeds Got You Down?

If you are like us, here in Anacortes our flower beds have sprouted many weeds that take away from the beauty of our garden beds, driveways, and walkways! As a homeowner it is important to keep up with the task of refreshing the outside of your homes, there are many different techniques to getting rid of the eye sores of weeds and unwanted grass on your property.

We have a non-toxic solution that has helped maintain your lush gardens, driveways, and walkways from being consumed by weeds, especially dandelions. Weeding your garden is labor intensive and is counterproductive; when you weed it brings seeds to the surface and germinates new growth.

We have taken the time to creatively design our flower gardens and would like to enjoy them without the eye sore of the dreadful weeds. Taking the extra time in spray the weeds will not ensure that they will not come back, it only kills them. If you want to help prevent the weeds from coming back in your garden mulch or wood chips will reduce the new growth of pesky weeds.

All you need is a container with a spray nozzle and these 3 ingredients to make your own pet and child friendly weed killer!

Non-toxic Weed Killer Recipe

¬Ĺ Gallon Apple¬†Cider Vinegar

¬ľ Cup Salt

¬Ĺ Tsp Dawn Dish Soap

On a nice sunny day with no rain in the forecast for the next several hours, mix up these ingredients and spray each weed thoroughly. Make sure to completely cover the leaves and the central growing point of the weed. The dish soap will eliminate the protective oils on the weed and will allow the apple cider vinegar to work its magic!

Note: This non-toxic weed killer not only kills weeds, it will kill grass as well, it is best not to use this on weeds that are in your lawn.

For more helpful gardening tips, please feel free to Contact Us, call Jean Groesbeck 360-941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com