Save Money and Care for Hawaii by Making Your Home More Sustainable

SustainableOwning a home on the Big Island is a great privilege, offering the chance to partake in a beautiful and unique lifestyle. One of the best ways to be a responsible homeowner, caring for the island while offsetting housing costs, is to prioritize sustainable home features. Whether you are looking to buy a home on the Big Island or are already a homeowner, we have some ideas to help you make your home more sustainable.

Contact us any time to learn more about living on the Big Island, and keep reading for some ideas to make your home kinder to the planet and more cost efficient. 

Harnessing Solar Power

The Big Island is bathed in abundant sunlight throughout the year, making solar power a viable and cost-effective option. Investing in solar panels for your home can significantly reduce or even eliminate your reliance on traditional utility grids. While the initial setup cost may seem steep, the long-term benefits are considerable and financing options are often available to offset the upfront investment.

Solar power can be used in multiple ways. You can install solar panels on your property to harness the sun's energy and convert it into electricity. Many solar power systems come with battery storage options, allowing you to store excess energy for use during cloudy days or at night.

Switching to a solar water heating system can also contribute to energy savings. These systems utilize the sun's heat to warm water for domestic use, reducing the need for electricity or gas-powered water heaters.

We reached out to Bill Gassett, owner of Maximum Real Estate Exposure, to get his take on some of the best improvements for sustainability. Here is what Bill told us.

"My favorite home improvement for maximum sustainability is adding solar panels. If your home is conducive to solar, it can be a win-win. Not only do you save money every month on your utility bills, but you're also helping the environment at the same time.

However, I caution against adding solar to your home if you think you may sell soon. The cost will be hard to recoup if you are only a short time from your move.

I would also suggest that you don't put them in front of your home, especially if it is a higher-end property. Many buyers do not find the look appealing. It could make your property harder to sell."

Water Conservation

Water conservation plays a role in Hawaii, where dry spellsre not uncommon despite periods of heavy rainfall. Embracing water saving techniques can also result in decreased water expenses.

One straightforward and cost effective method is rainwater collection. By setting up barrels or tanks linked to your gutters you can gather rainwater for tasks, like watering plants, washing vehicles or even flushing toilets lessening the need for water sources.

Additionally there are home upgrades that can help reduce your households water consumption. Installing low flow faucets and showerheads allows for water conservation without sacrificing water pressure. Another option is installing toilets that give you the choice, between a full flush and a partial one.

Sustainable Landscaping

The lush landscapes of the Big Island offer ample opportunities for sustainable landscaping practices without sacrificing the beauty of the natural surroundings. Choose native plants for your garden, as they are adapted to the local climate and require less water and maintenance. This not only contributes to the ecosystem but also reduces the need for excessive watering.

Our friend, Firstfruits Landscaping suggestions this: "It is also smart to apply mulch around plants to retain soil moisture, suppress weed growth, and regulate soil temperature. Mulching can reduce the frequency of watering and promote healthy plant growth."

Smart Home Technology

While many of the eco-friendly projects that come to mind are focused on nature, technology actually plays an extremely helpful role in a sustainable home. Integrating smart home technology can enhance energy efficiency and provide greater control over your home's systems.

You can install a smart thermostat to optimize heating and cooling based on your daily schedule, which can lead to significant energy savings and lower utility bills. Another great strategy is using energy monitoring systems to track your home's energy consumption. These systems provide insights into usage patterns, allowing you to identify and address areas for improvement.

Making your home on the Big Island more sustainable not only benefits the environment but also presents a compelling opportunity to save money over time. If it is your dream to live on the Big Island, consider how these home improvements might make your goal more affordable, while being kinder to the island in the process.

Ready to learn more about living on the Big Island? Contact us any time. 

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