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Going Green

Our office had a vendor come to our sales meeting last week and I signed up for a free evaluation of my house to see how inefficient it was and what fixes could be done.  The company, Eco Unit offers several different "green services" to include Green Fiber insulation, Radiant Barriers, Proper Sealing, Window Films, and Rain Barrels.  My home is fairly new, but he still had some recommendations based on my roof line, where the sun spends most of the time and after a short trip through my attic crawl space.  Interestingly, he pegged every warm area in my house without me saying a word!  So he's going to seal a few gaps around pipes, put up some low-E window film on the windows where the most sun comes in which will reduce incoming UV rays to protect my hardwood floors, and block unwanted heat.  He said that my electric bill will see a nice reduction by doing these things.  I'm also interested in the rain barrels as a way to capture rain water to water the lawn and wash the cars.   I can see how this will save us money on the electric and water bill and pay for itself in a short time. It's fairly inexpensive from what I would have thought.  I think this would be an extreme value for an older house that may have drafty attics or crawl spaces.  As inflation takes its toll, the cost of energy is definitely not getting lower.  By making a small investment now, I can lower my future monthly bills!  What a great listing tool for listings...This home is energy efficient!  With "green" becoming a bigger issue, this is a great tool. Buyers and homeowners are going to be looking for ways to live for less and this is one way to do it.  For my clients, I'm teaming up with Eco Unit to offer a discount for an evaluation and discount for services.  So stay tuned for a coupon!  Eco Unit can be found in SC and NC.

Michele Reneau, ABR, GRI, CRS

www.CharlestonRelocationExperts.com

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Comment balloon 12 commentsMichele Reneau • July 15 2008 11:14AM

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Hi Michele,

Sounds like a great idea teaming up with Eco Unit and especially since you have gone through your own house with them, you can now speak from your own personal experience.  Good planning!  Have a great week.  Michael A. Caruso

 

Posted by Michael A. Caruso (Surterre Properties) about 10 years ago

As far as rain barrels go, how do you keep from growing a whole colony of mosquito larvae in there? We had a barrel growing up that basically just sat there, collected rain, and grew mosquitos. Not fun!

Posted by Carey Pott (January Financial) about 10 years ago

Michael-Thanks for commenting!

Carey-Good question. I dunno, but I will ask!

Posted by Michele Reneau, Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team (Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor) about 10 years ago

This is really interesting.  I have been looking into geo-thermal so it's good to know about other green things as well.

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759) about 10 years ago

Carey-I found out from my guy about the rain barrels.  He said,

"Sometimes folks use mosquito dunks that are solid disks dropped into the barrel or cistern and use pesticide to control pests. However, when we install a water harvesting system, we do a few things to prevent mosquitoes that work like a charm. First, we use a first flush catchment system made out of PVC that prevents dirt, leaves, and shingle dust from getting into the barrel (clean "grey" water) and this helps with prevention, then we use a tight mesh bug guard at the input (mouth) of the unit, and third, we only use green poly barrels and cisterns. This green poly is 85% recycled and the green prevents UV rays from inciting algae growth and attracting mosquitoes. A proper installation is key to a well performing system. When we install one, it will be level, raised on a 8" base, and properly filtered as described above so it will work well without sediment clogs in irrigation or hose lines. When folks go and just buy a barrel and sit it under a downspout, all sorts of issues arise, especially mosquitoes" -John McQueen, Eco Unit

Posted by Michele Reneau, Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team (Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor) about 10 years ago

Hey Michele, this is a GREAT idea. I am so glad you shared this and I can use it to because I'm in NC!! I did go to the ECO UNIT website. How long did it take for them to come out to your house? Can't wait to see the coupon! Take Care!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 10 years ago

Michele - is this the guy you referred to me?  He is actually coming by my home on Monday to view the house and let us know more about what he does to team up with our staging efforts.  I'm looking forward to hearing what he says as we have some issues here with hot areas, etc. 

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 10 years ago

This is great -- I don't think there is anything like this service in my neck of the woods.  I know some of the newer subdivisions have some system to capture the rain water under ground --

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 10 years ago

Teresa-They came out in about 2 weeks. If you call to set up an appt, just tell him you heard about it from me and he'll take care of your home evaluation for FREE.

Melissa-Yes, this is the guy.  I could tell a difference in my dining room (the hottest part of my house) the next day! I love it.  We usually fight over the thermostat, but now it's at 80 degrees and it feels like 76.  I'm still wearing a sweater.  I know for some folks that's not cold enough but I'm asian and we get cold easy :) 

Joan-As the "green" movement gets more popular, hopefully, you'll have someone provide this service. I've heard it's wildly popular in other larger cities nearby Charleston so I'm surprised that this is the 1st guy offering it.

Posted by Michele Reneau, Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team (Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor) about 10 years ago

Michele - Would you add this post to my new community http://activerain.com/groups/GoingGreen ?

Our appointment is set for September 15th and I can't wait!  I know it will make HUGE difference in our comfort level AND our electric bill.  Maybe in the spring and fall we can even go without the AC.  I'm with you...I get cold easily.

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 10 years ago

Melissa-I've added it!  I think there is some great co-marketing opportunities with Eco Unit.  He's very proactive and customer service oriented.  Look forward to hearing your results!

Posted by Michele Reneau, Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team (Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor) about 10 years ago

To answer your question the rain barrel has a top.  It is not an open container.  The cut a form fitting hole in it that will allow your spout to fit, but nothing else.  Or there is a screened version like the picture below.  Both ways do a great job of keeping bugs and other unwanted items out of the barrell.

Posted by -- Casey Brischle, Spokane Home Loan Mortgage Professional (Columbia Bank) about 10 years ago

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