Nina Asusa, Broker

Nina's journey in real estate began in the early 1990's where her passion for real-estate quickly grew from an investor and home renovator, to where she is today. In 2006*, Nina launched her full-time real estate career and quickly found herself helping her clients, who many became friends, achieve not just any lifestyle, but the lifestyle they wanted for themselves. Her model was and always will be ''Don't follow someone else's story; create your own story, create your own lifestyle, because 'home is where your story begins.'''  From a single realtor, to developing a strong team of realtors she personally mentored and later owning a real estate brokerage firm, Nina's focus remained the same. She continues to channel her high energy and extensive experience into understanding her client's needs and wants, and in helping them in their real estate journey. Nina's greatest honour is the trust others grant her when welcoming her in their life's journey.

Save Money on Home Energy: How to Add Value to Your Home By Going Green

By: Nina Asusa

Save Money on Home Energy: How to Add Value to Your Home By Going Green

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Thinking of selling your home? New homeowners are looking to buy homes that are as green as possible. They don’t want to spend money on high water and energy bills, and are looking to reduce their carbon footprint to help out the environment. You can get a leg up in the selling market by making a few key changes to your home before putting the ‘for sale’ sign up on your lawn. Here are 5 ways to add value to your home by going green. 
 
1. Consider Your Landscaping
The more grass you have on your lawn, the higher your water bill will be. Consider alternatives toa grass lawn, and add other greenery like succulents and local species to maintain high-end curb appeal. Another way to go green and reduce your carbon footprint is growing your own fruits and vegetables. A beautiful garden is always appealing to new homeowners. It’s the first thing a potential buyer will see from the street, or when they step into your backyard. 
 
2. Don’t Let Water Go To Waste
The average homeowner wastes a lot of water. On top of making sure you don’t leave the water running longer than it needs to be, there are also elements you can install in your home to stop wasting so much water.
 
Hardware like low flow toilets and low flow shower heads will make a huge difference in your utility bill. You’ll barely notice a difference in your morning shower, but your bank account and the environment will thank you. Also make sure to fix all the leaks in your home. Not only do leaks waste water, they can also cause major damage to your home. 
 
3. Upgrade Your Appliances
Newenergy efficient appliances will help you save money on home energy, while increasing the value of your home. Potential buyers will love to see the new generation of dishwashers, washers, and dryers in their prospective home. They’re made to preserve as much energy as possible, so they’re definitely a good investment on your end. 
 
4. Think About Lighting
There are a number of ways your home can be greener with lighting. Installing solar panels is quickly becoming a popular option for homeowners who want to decrease their carbon footprint. Solar panels help you save on energy and electricity bills, and since the industry is very competitive, you have lots of choices to pick from.
 
LED lights are another way to go green. Ordinary light bulbs waste a lot of energy on heat, rather than light itself, while LED lights are extremely energy efficient, consuming up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs. Plus, they spend more energy on actually giving you light. 
 
5. Insulation Is a Good Investment 
A well-insulated home is a greener home. Prospective buyers will often ask about the insulation in your home, and can you blame them? Proper insulation keeps your house warm in the winter and keeps heat from entering your home in the warmer months. The better the insulation in a home, the less energy you waste.
 
If you don’t have them already, consider installing double glazed windows. They minimize energy loss and noise from the outdoors. New front and garage doors are also a smart investment. They do double duty, providing better insulation and adding to the curb appeal of your home. Your walls should also be properly insulated with a safe form of wall insulation such as polyurethane foam, icynene or cellulose. 
 
These are 5 excellent ways to go green with your home. Prospective buyers will love what they see, and you’re sure to increase the value of your home.