Welcome to the National Association of Green Agents and Broker's
Real Estate News
Promoting a property in
today's market can include much more than posting a sign and putting
the home's information on MLS, and has the benefit of being green!
While signs are still important, smart REALTORS are looking at new
forms of social media to promote their listings. Consider using
Twitter to disseminate information on a property or on current
market activity, or establish a blog that can be used instead of a
mailed newsletter. Your past, current and future clients will
appreciate reading your insights on the market as long as you keep
it relevant, current and interesting.
are great places to start.
The federal election has concluded with
a Conservative majority; however there are some surprising results
on May 2nd with the NDP winning the position of the official
Opposition, the decline in the number of seats occupied by Liberals
and the Green Party gaining a seat in the House. With green issues
occupying a key position in all three of these parties' platforms,
it will be interesting to see what happens once Parliament is back
Looking for a green gift for Mother's
or Father's Day? Perhaps you'd like to give your clients a green
gift for their new homes. Whatever the occasion,
has a gift gallery for you. Check out their Green Gift Guides at
for some ideas on how to give your clients or loved ones the gift of
The Association is pleased to announce that there will be another
opportunity for members to hear about the Green Energy Act and its
impact on real estate through a webinar with our Executive Director,
Elden Freeman. Please keep an eye on our website for more
information as to how to register for this FREE webinar.
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From the Desk of Elden Freeman B.A., M.E.S. AGB(r), Executive
Help clients save by Going Green
As a real estate professional, it behooves you to serve your clients
well by knowing a thing or two about the environmental shape of that
property you're showing. The average house consumes about $2,000 per
year in energy costs. Help your clients define what they'll need to
spend to make their purchase a happy, efficient and affordable one.
So let's start our tour on how to green your home:
Basement or Utility Room:
If the furnace is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it.
Newer models are 90 per cent or more efficient compared to older
ones, which may be as low as 60 per cent or less. Turn down the
heat on your water temperature and be sure to maintain your
heating and cooling systems. Make sure water lines are
appliances use a whopping 30 per cent of energy in a typical
home with refrigeration taking up about eight per cent of that.
New appliances are up to three times more efficient than their
older counterparts. Be sure to unplug secondary fridges and
freezers and only run the dishwasher when it's full.
Family Room: Because heating and cooling
represent about 45 per cent of total energy costs use a
programmable thermostat so you can set it cooler in winter and
warmer in summer. Be sure to close the damper on your fireplace
and unplug electronics when they're not in use.
Bedroom: Bedrooms use up to about 11 per cent
of a home's lighting consumption. Replace incandescent lights
with compact fluorescent lights. Remember to turn off lights
when leaving the room. Install dimmer switches to save on energy
costs where you can't use CFLs.
Bathroom: The most obvious way to save energy
in the bathroom is to use less water, especially hot water.
Showers and baths used over 50 per cent of a house's water
consumption while toilets use 20 to 30 per cent. Install
low-flow toilets, faucets and showerheads. Take shorter, cooler
Roof: Up to one-third of the heat produced in
a house is lost through the roof, walls and ceiling. Add
insulation to hike R-values to 32 or more. Use ceiling fans to
stay cool in summer and install a solar hot water system.
Windows and Doors: While highly efficient, new
windows and doors aren't always affordable. As an alternative,
caulk and weather strip leaky windows and doors. Consider adding
Low-E glazing to storm windows.
Landscaping: Smaller lawns mean less
maintenance and less watering. To reduce the effects of harsh
winter winds, plant a windbreak along the windward side of the
house. Deciduous trees planted along the south side help with
According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, homes also have different energy features based on the
era in which they were built. Pre-World War II homes, for instance,
benefit big-time from energy-saving improvements as many of the
techniques and construction materials used in them are now obsolete.
Split-level homes are prone to air leakage problems especially where
the second floor meets the attic of the lower section or where the
crawl space meets the basement. Whereas bungalows built in the 1960s
and 1970s leak air at the ceiling and the header area.
Being in a position to take the energy pulse of a property will put
you ahead of your colleagues. Clients will appreciate your expertise
and you'll take pride knowing that you've done the right thing for
our environment by taking the high road.
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