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Eco-Friendly Ways to Heat Your Cody Home While Boosting Its value

Whether you live in Cody or any other part of the USA, heating costs can become exorbitant during a typical Wyoming winter. Apart from leaving you feeling the financial pinch, many conventional heating methods are not good for the environment either. According to the EPA, as much as 42% of the energy consumed in a home is for heating purposes which is why home buyers are willing to pay more for an energy-efficient home that will save them on their utility bills in the long run.  This tendency amongst home buyers is necessitating homeowners to consider making a number of eco-friendly upgrades to their homes before selling them. There are a number of green heating options available, such as the following, that will increase the value of a home significantly while providing environmentally-friendly, cost-effective heat.

Solar air heating

Solar heating is by far the most eco-friendly way to heat up your home while adding substantial value to your home, often amounting to anywhere between $9,000 and $20,000. After the initial investment of the solar panels, you will incur virtually no additional expenses.  Solar heating generally costs between $30 and $80 per square foot with a solar collector being estimated at around $3,500. After these outlays, you heating is free. Besides keeping your house warm all-year round, solar air heating systems are also of great benefit to the environment by not relying on any fossils use and reducing our carbon footprint considerably. When having your solar heating system installed, make sure you only make use of a reputable installer of which there are, thankfully, many situated in and around Cody.

Geothermal heating

According to reports by Energy Star, a geothermal heating system is the most eco-friendly approach to heating that can be taken and one that appeals to both cost-conscious and eco-conscious home buyers. The system, which is installed underground, literally makes use of the earth’s natural heat to warm up the home. To install a geothermal system might be quite expensive but they are considered an exceptionally good investment and generally pay for themselves within 8 years of installation, reducing your monthly energy bill as well as adding substantial value to your property. Installing a geothermal system will also grant a homeowner a 30% federal tax credit. A quality system, if installed correctly, can produce a minimum of 3 units of heat for every single unit of electricity consumed by the system. Want to know the best thing about making use of geothermal heat? It will work even if the ground in and around Cody is frozen as is often the case in the heart of the Wyoming winter.

Pellet stoves

By investing in a pellet stove, you can heat your home responsibly by making use only of sustainable fuels. The wood pellets used in wood stoves burn completely smoke free, releasing substantially less harmful gases into the air than a conventional wood-burning stove. Unlike such a traditional wood stove, pellet stoves also make use of pellets manufactured from completely renewable sources such as sawdust, corn, and switchgrass. The costs incurred by installing a pellet stove are affordable with an average stove retailing for under $2,500 with the pellets amounting to as little as $600 for an entire winter season -  approximately $50 a month less than other heating methods.

Finding more eco-friendly approaches to our everyday lives is the least we can do to keep ourselves and our environment healthy. By simply switching from a conventional heating method to a sustainable one you can not only reduce your households CO2 production but save yourself quite a lot of money in the long-run as well while adding significant value to your home. Eco-friendly living truly is a win-win situation for all.


Current Market Conditions

Putting Your Home on the Market

Last year over 5 million homes were sold, according to the National Association of Realtors. If you plan to join these numbers this year, you're in luck; it's a seller’s market. The demand for homes is far outpacing the supply of them. Unfortunately, mortgage rates keep going higher and higher, forcing many people out and into the rental market because they simply can't afford the mortgage they need to buy a home, but you're still in a good place. If your home is in good shape and in a good area, buyers will come. All you need is curb appeal, a good realtor and to follow these tips for successfully selling your home.

Curb Appeal

To attract the right kind of buyer to your home curb appeal is key. It’s the first impression buyers will get so make it count. Start with a fresh paint job on your home and fix any broken siding or shutters. Keep shrubs trimmed, and lawn mowed, and remove lawn ornaments, trash cans, and any clutter. If necessary, invest in new landscaping and paving of walkways and your driveway, as well as any fencing you may have if it's not in good shape. The investment will pay off in the price it sells for.

Inside your home, remove any and all clutter. Walls and shelves should have the bare minimum on them. Replace floors and carpeting if necessary, and touch up painted walls and other surfaces. Wash windows and make sure your bedding and furniture look as picture perfect as possible. Your home doesn’t have to look like a magazine layout, but it should be neat, clean and in good condition in the photos you take for your listing. Removing clutter and things from walls and shelves will allow potential buyers to visualize how their things will look there.

Make sure your photos are as clear, crisp and professional looking as possible with good lighting and angles. Make sure you get one photo of every room as well as the front and backyards. Your backyard should be well kept with no toys or debris around, and patios and decks empty or with clean, attractive furniture and plants.

Open Houses

When hosting an open house, make sure your home is spotless. Simmer a pot of water with apples, cinnamon, and cloves on your stove or bake cookies to make the air smell irresistibly good. Avoid chemical air fresheners in case any attendees have sensitivities. Be prepared to answer any questions and be enthusiastic about your home and how much you love it.

Selling your home can be stressful, but our tips can make it less so. The more effort you put into making your home attractive to buyers, the more success you'll have and the better asking price you'll receive. The hard work and investment will pay off.